My passion in life is gardening and specifically growing flowers from seed

Christmas rose

I have a stone hexagonal pot that has recently been vacated by a dahlia that refused to flower. I should also say that I inherited this pot from my maternal grandparents nearly 20 years ago and it’s the oldest in the garden but still in great condition. I went shopping for a plant for it earlier this week and couldn’t find anything suitable. Then yesterday I was leaving my job and my colleague brought me a Christmas rose and it looks lovely in the pot. I have numerous hellebores (another name for the Christmas rose) around the garden but a lot of them get diseased and it spreads between them so hopefully being in a pot will stop this. Here it is planted up this afternoon



Greetings from a dull, but fairly mild day in my garden.

On Monday I joined a gardens hour chat on twitter and we were asked to say hi and one word to describe our gardening weeks. I said quiet but actually now it would be leaves. They are everywhere and I’m about to dress in my gardening clothes to brush some up. We don’t do leave mould as it doesn’t work for us, they just get all slimy in a bag. Maybe I’m doing something wrong. Anyway, this tree is looking great at the moment but I’m not looking forward to clearing up after it

Wordless Wednesday- cut flower

Winter planting

Greetings on a cold but dry day from my garden in northwest England.

I have almost finished tidying the garden if that’s ever possible. I guess I just have to decide when to stop.

I have finished my tulip planting today (pictures of bulbs below) and this year have also planted pansies in some of the pots. I realise that the tulips this year are nearly all pale – not intentional.


I have managed to get out into the garden on 3 occasions this last week which is more than most months lately. I’ve mostly been weeding, tidying and doing some planting. I have lots of spring bulbs to plant and while I love them I really don’t enjoy planting bulbs. I bought some wallflowers in a bag today – do they call it in the green? I’m not sure but they are harlequin king I think – orange, red and yellow. I really liked the pink ones but decided they wouldn’t go with the tete a tete already in the troughs. Here’s the finished troughs, the bulbs at the back are peacock orchids and haven’t flowered this year.

Wordless Wednesday- Michaelmas Daisy

Another beautiful Acer

Not many words today – just a loving red acer (I haven’t enhanced the colour at all – I don’t know how – just in case you thought it doesn’t look real)

Autumn in my garden 2018

So I think autumn has officially arrived and I couldn’t believe how cold it was yesterday when I got up, in fact although it was bright and sunny all day it never warmed up.

I am now working 2 part time office type jobs and so getting out into the garden is more challenging with less time and the poor weather occurring on my days off! However, I’ve had a few minutes this evening to see what’s going on and there are a few plants looking especially good at this moment in time. Firstly, an acer that lives in a pot, a new red cyclamen and red climbing roses. Lastly a persicara red dragon which has gone mad and mum is always looking to chop back or dispose of. I think there’s a bit of a red theme here and actually it’s one of my favourite colours so probably not surprising we have so much of it

Wordless Wednesday- white plants

White delphinium (2nd flowering of the season) and white Japanese anemone

Late August in my garden

Greetings from a cool, dull and damp garden. Just my favourite sort of gardening weather really, well maybe a bit more sun would be nice !

I just wanted to share some pictures of my garden at the moment. The first is a cyclamen I’ve just planted, the next one we’ve had for years. I’m very pleased with my zinnia, grown from free Gardeners world seeds! I love zinnia and find them very easy to grow. I seem to think Monty said the opposite but we do live in very different parts of the country. I’ve also included pictures of my sweetpeas, again grown from seed and they’ve done amazingly and also a very pretty fuschia!