The Living And The Dead

November is a funny time of year. Certain plants remain in flower across the garden — mainly salvias and roses but also Acanthus mollis, pelargoniums and Cerinthe major — and their bright blooms look quite out of place beside those that are dying back. In July I harvested all the spent allium seedheads, and plonked them in a…

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…

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…