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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.

Creeping towards Autumn


It wont be long before the Autumn Equinox.

And while we are still enjoying the most lovely Indian Summer

The Year is creeping towards Autumn

And the dew is lying heavy in the mornings.

Echinacea – again!


Another Echinacea without a label!

This is the first time this one has flowered, as I bought it as a plug plant at the end of last year.

I am so enamoured with Echinacea, that I have ordered some more plug plants for next year.

Who can resist names like “Hot Papaya”, “Tiki Torch” and “Tomato Soup”

I certainly can’t!



A friend ordered an Echinacea collection for me.

4 small plants, which arrived in the Spring

They didn’t have any labels –

But I think the collection was E.Sunrise, E. Doubledecker, E. Kims Knee High, E. Sunset.

One plant died

Every morning I rush out to check the progress of the flowers

And see if I can work out which one is which!

(I decided this one is probably Kim’s knee high).

A spot of rain


Another very hot and muggy day

But we did have a spot of rain this evening –

Well, perhaps 40 spots

Enough to freshen the air so that the scent of the lily

Graces the garden.

Not in my Garden …Yet!


Arriving at one of my customers this afternoon,

This joy-full sight greeted me.

(You can tell it’s not my garden, as there are no pink trugs in the background)

Hopefully we will be able to save some seed,

So next year, there will be these delicious red “papaver somniferum” in the Artist’s Garden


Later in the day …


Downpours of rain all day to-day,

So this mornings rose, now looks like this.

Also I am still unsure if Blotanical is picking up my new feed.

So if anyone finds this via Blotanical could you let me know!

Testing Feedburner


Those of you that read “The Turning Year” via Blotanical

May be aware that there has been as issue with wordpress/blotanical feeds

So this post is to test a feedburner feed and see what happens.

au revoir


Very sad to say goodbye to my lovely peony until next year.

Each morning for the past three weeks

She has given me such delight.



As a general rule I don’t have anything in my garden

That has thorns,

Is Spikey or prickly

Or can hurt me as I move around the garden.

(I have too much of that at work)

I have made an exception for this

Eryngium Varifolium

Amazing allium


Notes to self ….

1) Believe the height is says on the packet is right.

(4 foot).

2) When planting bulbs – look up, to make sure you are not planting under a tree branch.

Scented delight


I wish I had “smelly-vision” so that I could share with you

The delightful scent of the peony.

It has 5 blooms on it –

Which is such a treat, as it was chopped down last year

(by mistake)

and moved.

Clematis montana ‘alba’


So lovely now that the evenings are drawing out.

And I can photograph the clematis in the garden

At 8 o’clock at night, without flash or tripod!

Queen of the Night


I am always happy,

When these tulips put in appearance.

I love British Summer Time


I love British Summer Time,

(Apart from the confusion I have for the first week or so, as I don’t wear a watch).

But to come home after work and be in my own garden until 7.30 pm …. bliss

Premature Peony?


Last year I divided a peony for a customer.

I planted the divisions around his garden,

And bunged one in a pot here at home.

(As you do).

I thought I would see if it was still alive – as my garden peonies have started to grow ….

It is very much alive, and seems to think it is summer.

Hard Tuesday


I think that Tuesdays may turn into my hardest day of the week.

I have taken on a new customer, so both the gardens I do on Tuesdays are steep!

But I did have lunch made for me.

How nice is that!

A Splash of Yellow


We had a glorious day here to-day and the spring sunshine brought out the daffodils.

I feel a bit guilty about posting this, having just read Jodi / Bloomingwriter’s post “Ominously ongoing observations of … Winter”

A Carpet of Snowdrops


The Snowdrops line an avenue of trees near where I live.

It is hard to know where to point the camera.

Fading Camellia Flower


In Spring, it is easy to focus on the new, the bright, the beautiful.

And to miss the intrinsic qualities of the old, the brown, the fading.

Lovely January Day


A lovely, lovely day to-day, and the longest time that I have spent in the garden for some months.

I cut back some of the old hellebore leaves – to give the buds some air.