The death of his mother when he was only 9 devastated his happy childhood. In his own words, it seemed that “the great continent had sunk like Atlantis beneath the sea.” He was left with a life of meaninglessness and despair. Continue reading “December Turned to May”
Keats’ ‘gathering swallows twittering in the skies‘ have gone and last week I heard the plaintive call of a chiff chaff, a sign that other migrants are on their way back south, to warmer climes. We’re left alone to contemplate with the sad autumnal song of ‘the redbreast whistling from a garden croft’. We feel we’ve been watching summer’s ‘soft dying day‘. Continue reading “Michaelmas – angels unawares”
The late summer sunshine, with its ‘gold complexion’ un-dimmed, is causing my front garden to positively ‘sizzle’ in a blaze of glory just now. Come and see.
Continue reading “A Blaze of Glory”
What does it take to be an adventurous gardener? Now we have moved into the long warm days of high-summer my cottage borders are a riot of vibrant colour. Am I an adventurous gardener? I’m certainly breaking some accepted garden rules ! I can think of one person who might have approved but also of another who might not ! Continue reading “An Adventurous Gardener”
Despite the efforts of the R.H.S. Chelsea Flower Show organizers to encourage innovation and modern garden designs, the public still seem to vote for traditional gardens. This year Chris Beardshaw again won the popular vote for Best-in-Show with his cottage-style planting. I’m totally in agreement with the public here.
As promised in an earlier post (see ‘When the Garden comes indoors‘), here are some of my winter treasures, mostly from the garden outside just now. Above is the ever reliable Mahonia ‘Charity’ which flowers its socks off every December.
When The Garden Comes Indoors
Many gardeners have hung up their boots and retreated indoors to look out upon a rather dismal garden scene closed down for the winter. Except for the really hardy ones, the roaming photographers have turned to indoor subjects. Other people are concentrating on shopping and food for Christmas and thinking about next year’s summer holidays! …What good can come out of the garden this month?