Category: Gardening

Lovely Winter Flowering Shrubs UK

Two garden shrubs are currently in flower this winter: The winter jasmine‘s showing an abundance of bright yellow flowers. It’s an easy to maintain shrub needing minimal care. During the summer, its green foliage covers an good area of a south-west facing wall providing protective cover for small birds. Another shrub needing only minimal care, […]

Dahlia Annual or Perennial

Are dahlias annuals or perennials? Annual dahlias can become perennials; it depends on how successful their over-wintering is. I purchased a dozen annual dahlia plug-plants early in the summer.  They were a mix called ‘harlequin’. Once they flowered in late summer (they seemed to be held back by the unusually prolonged, very hot  weather), they […]

3 Scented English Roses

Three scented roses are doing well in the garden this year: a climber, a hybrid tea, and a shrub rose. The shrub rose is the beautiful David Austin William Shakespeare® 2000. This is a gorgeous velvety, crimson rose with an old rose fragrance. Its average height is suggested to be around 1 meter but the […]

3 Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees

I’ve discovered recently, just how many types of bees are found in the UK: 24 species of bumblebees, around 225 species of solitary bee and just a single honeybee species, according to bumblebeeconservation.org. This year in the garden the flowers of three plants have been especially attractive to bees of different species. First off, one […]

In the Garden June 2014

In the garden June 24th – a pretty cinnabar moth resting on a sage leaf. Wish the photo could have been better in focus but the moth kept fluttering from leaf to leaf. (Click the images to see the larger versions). A rusty birdbath restored – with a little whimsical decor. The birds are puzzled. […]

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