December 2012

December 9th, 2012

Christmas present ideas for gardeners

Stuck for Christmas presents? How about these: A book, the best present ever. ‘Ten Poems and Gardens’, introduced very eloquently by Monty Don, is a lovely small gift. I got given it for my birthday by my mate Liz and it is a lovely read. From 'Vespers'; 'This is how he gardens: fifteen minutes of intense effort, fifteen minutes of ecstatic contemplation..' Remind you of anyone? Read More...
December 23rd, 2012

A cheery winter walk round our wet and windy garden!

Despite the appalling wet weather a walk round 'Charnwood'; this morning showed there is always something good to see in a garden if you look hard enough. Photos from left to right: Mahonia looking and smelling lovely, a real ray of sunshine in a dark corner; Ferns close by the mahonia still fresh and green; Rosemary in flower, some of that will end up in the Christmas dinner roast spuds; Winter flowering jasmine, so easy and pretty, prune after flowering; Bright stems of a dogwood hard pruned last March. Happy Christmas! Read More...