This year spring is a cold affair with a penetrating northerly wind imprisoning the landscape in monochrome frigidity. As I walk down to the cottage garden across the field there is not a daisy, celandine or dandelion with a floral offering to welcome Persephone to these norther shores. However, in the shelter of the garden … More Almost in a vase on a Monday………
Time and tide wait for no man, nor do the seasons. The oystercatchers “speed dating club” has been in action for weeks with noisy groups of birds gathering in the fields, voraciously probing for invertebrates and acting like hormone-fuelled teenagers. The skylarks are rather more refined and have been proclaiming their territories with glorious song-flights … More Spring imperative
A garden is the purest of human pleasures, it is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man. Francis Bacon
At the start of each year I delude myself into thinking that this year, even though I’m still at the jam jar stage of flower arranging, each month I will make a contribution to Cathy’s IAVOM meme. If the weather had been less arctic, there would have been a reasonable chance of a very small posy … More In a vase on Monday – von Veltheim’s lily
I’m not sure whether this was déjà vu, or a Rip Van Winkle moment, but the discovery of this lovely iris growing in a crevice in the rock garden stopped me in my tracks. Perhaps it was the shock of being liberated from its pot and planted outdoors or maybe it is as confused as … More Is it really that time?