I have had two or three in my time, and they hate doing it in the middle of the day. Garden photographers always prefer to hot-foot it to my door before dawn – or when sun, slanting over a sea of catmint and alliums, is definitely over the yard arm. The most dedicated was perhaps Jonathan Buckley. When he lived in Dulwich, forContinue reading “Happy Snappers”
I don’t have a very elegant camera, so I am finding it really hard to get a picture (as promised) that does this wonderful plant justice. However, you can see the dark buds and stems here – quite unlike L. grandiflora: (Click on it for a bigger picture…)
My village, Wadhurst in East Sussex, has just had its charity Open Gardens weekend and – probably to quote a hundred local newspaper reports on similar events this month, ‘the rain held off’ – just. The lack of precipitation was indeed a mercy afer last year’s wash out – but for those of us who bravely opened ourContinue reading “Wadhurst Open Gardens”
It is 7 a.m. and I was woken about two hours ago by a raucous cacophony – umpteen parent starlings sitting in the oak tree outside my bedroom, calling out to their fledgelings. We have quite a sizeable colony around here – presumably they like the accommodating construction of the eves of Edwardian houses orContinue reading “Starlets”
I have been having a go at my dandelions. My lawn is dreadful – basically a bit of weedy, mossy (mostly) green stuff that was in a terrible state when I took it over two years ago because of neglect, shade, too many tree roots, compacted clay soil… all the usual problems. Just by mowingContinue reading “As long as it’s green…”
Confined to my desk by wet weather, I realise that the planting around my pond is the most important in my whole garden because I sit and look at it all the time I am ‘working’. Every leaf matters. Currently the Polygonatum (Solomon’s Seal) is powering upwards with almost visible speed in its allotted spaceContinue reading “Solomon’s Seal sawfly”
It’s April and I can’t believe how cold it is out there. I am still feeding the garden birds. The finches and tits get sunflower kernels, and the container is invariably raided by the local squirrels who are doing their best to gnaw through the plastic.