This Salvia has flowered and flowered.
The pink spikes still glowing – even in October.
Nicandra physalodes – the shoo-fly plant.
It is an annual that I grow for these wonderful seed heads
That have graced the garden nearly all summer.
While I may not post every day – I will try to be more frequent
Thankfully the year has turned once again …
I have left behind my January funk
Today I was greeted by these Iris “Katherine Hodgkin”
The dark annual poppy (Papaver somniferum) has gently self seeded in the garden
A grey and blustery day today
Followed by high winds and wet rain this evening.
Feels like November – but the flowers remind me that it is still summer.
Massive down-pours of rain throughout the day
Trust me – Our garden here in “Wet Wales” doesn’t need any more rain
We have had quite enough – thank you very much.
More rain on the way tomorrow.
Last year I grew Monarda from seed.
This year it has started to flower
I love it!
And so do the bees
(But my neighbour says it is a silly looking flower!)
Long absence – lack of computer and lack of time.
Now have new computer – but still a lack of time!
Although I will make time to get back into the habit of a photograph every day.
(Well …. nearly every day)
Especially as the garden is looking very summery just now.
WordPress have introduced this new template, which I think suits a “photo-blog” very well.
(Although I still need to sort out the header image)
What do you think?
Thumbs up or Thumbs down?
This tulip has done really well in the garden this year.
And illuminates the garden at dusk
Another lovely day –
Another lunch in the garden
And things are sprouting.
In this case Ricinus communis Impala (Castor oil plant)
(The seeds are poisonous)
First lunch of the year outside on the lawn,
Well, when I say lawn I mean the patch of green that passes for a lawn.
Also, first daisies in that patch of green that passes for a lawn
Today was not as lovely as yesterday
But rather grey and wet.
What can I say? It is February after all.
Despite this – I was delighted that one of the iris “Katherine Hodgkin” decided to open.
The thing about late winter flowers, is that you do have to get on bended knee to see them
Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart)
We had the most amazingly wonderful day here,
Which was such a surprise after yesterdays howling cold winds.
I sat outside with my coffee.
No jumpers or coat
And the plants seemed to push out of the ground before my eyes.
Daphne bholua “Jacqueling Postill”
Today was a lovely day, cold but bright and clear
Spent the afternoon weeding the empty cutting garden
And marvelled, that at last the beautifully scented Daphne is blooming.
If all the freezing weather we have had this winter kills my baby plants,
Why doesn’t it kill my baby slugs?
To-day was dull, but comparatively mild
It was good to get out in the garden for a couple of hours
And clear some of the soggy mess of stems and old foliage.
Actually it was great to be in the garden again
As I rule, I don’t grow anything that is prickly in my garden
(I get enough of being attacked by plants in other folks gardens).
I made an exception for Miss Willmott’s Ghost
And I enjoy how it still looks wonderful with its winter colour …
Now that the snow has all gone.
Nothing will grow back in my garden after so much cold weather!
I am totally delighted with this ornamental grass; Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Fontaine’
I bought it in August at a Plant Hunters Fair
And despite the torrential rain and high winds that we have experienced over the past few weeks
Today, when the rain stopped it looked just fine!
(Unlike the rest of the garden)
The insects in the garden were making the most of the warmth.
Every year I consider taking out these pink Japanese anemone
Then, like to-day I notice them back-lit by the late afternoon sun
And I know they will stay another year.
We have had such a poor July and August,
That we have not had three consecutive dry days
Which made to-day even more special
As it was warm and sunny
And the garden was full of bees and butterflies.
Today was yet another overcast day.
But this evening the sun appeared from behind the clouds and lit up the Libertia
And the little smoke bush
I think that the seed heads of allium ‘Mount Everest’ are as lovely as the flowers.
I only bought one bulb last year “to try”
So this Autumn I am going to order some more.