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…

End of month view: September 2015

At first glance, not a lot appears to have changed since last month's view. The cosmos are still galavanting, the roses are still blooming, even the sweetpeas continue to produce, although the pace has slowed somewhat. However, look closer, and you'll see that signs of autumn are nibbling away at the edges of the garden.…