Short and sweet

A single pot of Viola odorata bought last year was planted at the feet of a Silver birch. This Spring the violets re-emerged enthusiastically, smothered with fragrant blooms. It seemed too good a signal to ignore when I saw these last week- Viola “Coeur d’Alsace”. I’m going to plant them with the original clump, as … More Short and sweet


Mid March and already the first blooms of Spring are becoming a thing of the past. The snowdrops are over- time to divide and proliferate! Hellebores are in full flower to accompany the daffodils and crocus. The tall pieris is smothered in white bells and bumble bees and the candy pink Prunus cerasifera had opened. I have … More March

A snowdrop census 

A week ago there was sleet and greyness and days when the temperature hovered around 2 degrees. The last few days have seen weather mild enough to encourage the winter weary gardener outside. We cut the grass for the first time, cut down almost everything in the prairie beds and gave them a thoroughly good … More A snowdrop census