International Relations

Accompanying today's Monday vase is an assortment of objects from across the world, lining up in peace and harmony to show Boris just how international relationships should be done. Alongside the homely arrangement of buddleia, sweetpeas, foxglove and lavender upon the continental shelf above our fireplace, we have a Chinese hot water bottle, a Swedish…

Vases in haste (and sweetpeas at last)

Organising a vase of flowers for Monday sometimes happens in a bit of a dash. I picked these last night, photographed them at 6.15am this morning, edited the photos at 9pm, and rattled off these words at 10pm. A few things: My sweetpeas have come out at last. All of a sudden. In profusion. There…

The Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Party

During a week in which Britain has demonstrated itself to be exceptionally bad at several things, including but not limited to international relations, various sports, and summer, it is reassuring to remember that there are still some things we are good at. One of these is informative radio broadcasting, and another is horticulture, and therefore…

June View 2016 (and progress in the back garden).

It's taken me a while to find a suitable moment to take photographs of the garden for June's End of Month View, hosted as usual by Helen at The Patient Gardener. Gusts, rain, glancing sunshine, and a full-time job do not good photos make. What's more, adding to the aesthetical difficulties was the sad spectacle…