Fond Farewells

  If it were not for the soft patter of rain on the skylight above my desk, I might hear a pin drop. My house guests have gone home, tired and happy, to their own beds and their own familiar routines. The sound of my niece shouting “No Dan!” and “Silly Uncle Dan!” is still […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Lone Poppy

Poppies are resourceful little plants, seeding themselves everywhere and living their short, glorious lives in the fast lane.   Putting little effort into producing foliage, the crepe-paper flowers are designed to beguile the bees.  Showier than our native field poppy, the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, is generally taller and available in a greater array of […]

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A Little Bit of Paradise

At the end of July we travelled north to the cathedral city of Durham.  My partner (aka ‘Him Indoors’) grew up on a picture-perfect small holding on the edge of town, surrounded by mature woods and bordered by the River Browney.  His father still lives there in quiet seclusion, enjoying what he calls his ‘little […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Papaver commutatum ‘Ladybird’

An annual, Papaver commutatum ‘Ladybird’ is as pretty as a picture and as fleeting as its spotty-winged namesake. With its scarlet flowers and inky blotches this is not a flower that will go unnoticed in the garden. If you fancy giving this showy little poppy a go, seeds are available from Plants of Distinction.

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The Joys of the Road

As we drove down to the coast this morning, I couldn’t help noticing just how green and lush the countryside looked compared to a normal July.  Instead of taking on the golden highlights of midsummer, nature is still wearing its verdant green spring cloak.  On a steep motorway embankment old man’s beard (Clematis vitalba) cascaded […]

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