First tulips from my cutting garden

I admit that when I write 'cutting garden', it sounds much grander than the reality: a single raised bed of about 150 x 150cm constructed of wooden boards that the builders brought down from our rotting roof last year. I didn't know what (if anything) these ancient roof boards had been treated with, so the…

Thalia: grace, muse, goddess

Depending on which Wikipedia entry you read, Thalia was a Greek goddess of comedy and idyllic poetry, one of the nine muses, and/or one of the three Graces responsible for rich banquets and festivity. The name 'Thalia' is Greek for abundance; perhaps Narcissus 'Thalia' was thus called because of the abundance of flowering heads on…

‘Some Flowers’ of my own

With Vita Sackville-West's 'Some Flowers' still fresh in my mind, I have chosen some favourite flowers of my own to describe. These aren't going to be painters' flowers, for I know nothing about painting, nor are they necessarily the best flowers of their kind for the garden, though I can recommend them to any gardener…