Plant Portrait

Muscari armeniacum is a lovely deep blue grape hyacinth – the classic. Together with Silver Grape Hyacinth ‘Valerie Finnis’.  A lovely silvery-blue which contrasts nicely. Bees love them both.  

Macro Monday #73

(click to enlarge to full size) When I first saw these plants emerging from the ground in my new garden I had no idea what they were. Flowers or weeds? I would have to wait and see until they grew, but given the quantity I was really hoping they weren’t weeds. In fact this is…

Plant Portrait

Silver Grape Hyacinth ‘Valerie Finnis’. These lovely Grape Hyacinths produce delicate flowers heads of an unusual sky blue colour with a silvery sheen. Bees are attracted to them and hopefully they will spread over the years. Currently grown in a pot, but once they are over I will transplant them into the border.

Macro Monday #72

(click to enlarge to full size) This double white camellia has been with me since Ludlow. When we moved two years ago it was covered in flowers, but last year only had two. During last summer I watered and fed it and gave it a mulch of fresh Ericaceous compost and in the autumn buds…

Plant Portrait

Muscari armeniacum is a lovely deep blue grape hyacinth – the classic. Grape hyacinths are very easy to grow and are brilliant for pots as well as flower beds. They will thrive inside or out in a sunny position but don’t mind a bit of shade.

Macro Monday #71

(click to enlarge to full size) “I gazed – and gazed – but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought.” ~ William Wordsworth

Garden Portrait : Dunster Secret Garden

Dunster is a Medieval village in north Somerset on the edge of Exmoor closest to the Bristol Channel. There is a castle on a wooded hill which has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. There is also a working…

Macro Monday #70

(click to enlarge to full size) Buds on the Kilmarnock Willow tree in February.

Garden Portrait: Hergest Croft

Hergest Croft is unusual in having been gardened continuously by three generations of the same family over the past one hundred and thirteen years. It lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. The gardens contain a unique collection of rare plants, trees and shrubs and over 90…

Five Minutes with my Mother’s Day Bouquet

DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new challenge called “regularrandom“ for anyone to join in with which involves spending 5 minutes with the subject matter. Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object,…

Macro Monday #69

click to enlarge to full size The second flower to bloom in my garden on February 11th. Though with far fewer buds than last year.