A visual journal


Salvia involucrata

Pink flower spike of Salvia Involucrata

This Salvia has flowered and flowered.

The pink spikes still glowing – even in October.

Nicandra physalodes

The shoo fly plant

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.






Busy Year – Big Silence (sorry)


dahlia flowerLike this Dahlia – The Turning Year has been neglected for the past 8 months – if anyone is still there ….

While I may not post every day – I will try to be more frequent







Iris ‘Katherine Hodgkin’

Thankfully the year has turned once again …

I have left behind my January funk

Today I was greeted by these Iris “Katherine Hodgkin”

Simply lovely.

Black Beauty

The dark annual poppy (Papaver somniferum) has gently self seeded in the garden

Flowers from 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.

A lull in the rain

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!)

Summer Colour

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?

Tulip ‘White Triumphator’

This tulip has done really well in the garden this year.

And illuminates the garden at dusk

March – in like a lamb

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 ….

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


Iris Katherine Hodgkin

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

Costa del … Wales!

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.

February, thank goodness

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?

Out in the Garden To-day

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

Sea Holly in Winter

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.

I worry that

Nothing will grow back in my garden after so much cold weather!

Miscanthus ‘Kleine Fontaine’

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)

Another lovely day and …


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.

Sunshine! … All day


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.

Some Sun – at last


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

Seed Head


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.