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I’m not a horticulturist, so I’m not sure of the flower species depicted here, although someone pointed out to me that it looks like an astilbe. 13 more words


Back again

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who met this nose diving elephant at a Regent’s Park art fair.

Unfortunately, it was another fine day today.  616 more words


August, in a Scottish garden

Since the end of last month, it has felt like summer has left us here in central Scotland. There have even been a couple of chilly nights when it’s felt like Autumn is on the way. 402 more words

Scottish Garden


More memories of sunny days.  This astilbe flower and butterfly (possibly speckled wood) are most likely a little bedraggled by now.  I am too.  But then again I was before the rain started.

My Top Ten July Plants

Okay, I’m not sure I can really limit it to ten, but I’ll give it a shot.  

Generally speaking, July is my 2nd least favorite month (with February at the top of the list).   646 more words


Six on Saturday

Japanese anemone

My Japanese anemones are starting to come into flower.  They are a feature of the garden from now until the autumn, providing interest at the far end, around the magnolia stellata, although they do tend to take over!   410 more words


Summer’s Sweet Spot: GBBD, July 2017

Yesterday, a friend came to visit. We toured the garden and he took some photographs. As we were sitting on my screened porch, looking out over the new front garden and eating lunch, he said, “This is a really sweet spot you’ve got here.” 443 more words