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

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First roses of the season

I was feeling quite left out seeing lots of pictures online of roses flowering but tonight I’ve noticed ours are too! Hoorah. The first is called ‘hot chocolate’ and is relatively new with a gorgeous scent, not of chocolate I have to say. Good job as I’d want to eat it! But I really don’t see the point of roses without scent!

This last one is also relatively new and called Nostalgia. Again with a lovely scent and it’s not quite out yet but has lots of lovely new growth


First poppies

Every day in my garden at the moment something new is flowering, it’s such an exciting season, I love poppies and 3 out of 5 of them have started flowering today

Sweet William

Another post in my series of firsts. My sweet William, all grown from seed and I keep sowing more as I thought they were biennials but they keep flowering every year so don’t need replacing. 2 different types. I prefer the first ones

First Sweetpea to flower

I planted these sweet peas (grown from seed I have collected from previous years so not sure of the variety) late April. A bit early I guess but they were getting too big to stay in the greenhouse. I think it actually started flowering a couple of weeks ago but I’ve only just got round to taking pictures

Spring in my Cheshire garden

This is my favourite time of year when everything is growing, blossoming and the evenings are lighter longer every day but it’s not hot. I am not a fan of extremes of weather, whether hot or cold!

I have sweetpea and cosmos seeds coming up in the greenhouse and more to sow.

Here is what’s currently flowering/ blossoming in my garden. Including a forsythia, camellia and magnolia.

Wordless Wednesday- hollyhock 


They’ve quickly become one of my favourite summer flowers. I should probably say cut flowers but actually I don’t bring them in much. I love them on the plant where I can get my daily fix of the amazing scent.

White ones in the back garden, some in a container and some in the garden. Pinky/purple in the front, some in the garden and some in a pot. In general the ones in pots are doing better.

June in my garden

So, this morning I did something I don’t do often.. and that is garden in the rain. Here in the north-west of England we’ve had more than our fair share of rain in the past week or so – fortunately we haven’t been flooded here but I know people who have. Anyway, I had some cosmos and agrostemma (corn-cockle) grown from seed in the greenhouse desperate to be planted out and as we’ve had so much rain I wasn’t sure I could wait until it stopped for me to do some gardening so I got out my special new garden wellies and out I went very quickly. I didn’t even water them in as, well the weather was doing that for me!

This afternoon, however, its dry so I guess I could have waited but I wasn’t to know! My garden is coming on really well at the moment with all this rain, with some things flowering and fading away too fast because of it, but its saved me watering the garden lately. My poppies have nearly all finished now, and lupins are fading fast too, not helped by the pesky aphids that I keep spraying but still keep coming. Don’t they understand they are just not welcome in my garden!

Last month I showed a picture of a bright pink shrub I named an azalea, however, it has since been pointed out to me it is in fact a rhododendron! Sorry about that.

This month flowering in my garden, are gorgeous white foxgloves, definitely one of my favourite colours in the garden (if white is considered a colour), a valerian which strictly speaking I moved to the front but is still in the place it came from and in the front garden! A dark red trailing pelargonium on the wall and my red lupin with a purple flower (I do have a purple lupin in a separate flower bed). Lastly my first dahlia to flower – mystic dreamer I think its called

Lastly, some exciting news. A lovely girl I know who blogs her paintings and poems is currently painting one of my garden pictures. If I like it and I’m sure I will, I will post it here when its complete. Watch this space….