mid month flowers

The garden ran out of steam last summer after the early June flush, so this year we have begun to plant perennials for  late summer colour, as well as growing plants from seed.  The verbena is seed raised, and plants survived last winter and have grown much more sturdily this year. I sowed verbena rigida … More mid month flowers


This flower has just become a favourite May flower-the Bearded Iris, Celebration Song. I love this old ladyish colour combination of soft apricot and lavender blue and the startling tangerine “beard”, and it has a strong but  indescribable perfume too. If I had a huge garden there would be a border filled with these and … More iris

shooting stars

The sky was quite clear last night, and just before eleven o’ clock we caught a glimpse of a shooting star, bright, brief and beautiful, part of the August astronomical firework display known as the Perseids. These meteors are debris from the comet Swift Tuttle and when they hit the Earth’s atmosphere at approximately 140,000mph … More shooting stars