December 9th, 2012
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?
December 23rd, 2012
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.