Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Replanting after the flood

About half my pots were swept away completely by the river in the December 26 floods. Most of the big pots survived,  though travelled in two directions, about 50m.  I lost my himalayan poppy,  which is a shame but more importantly i lost all my daffodils.  So today i bought a few to cheer up the front door.

One extraordinary survival was a green pot containing a peony and some grape hyacinth. The pot was trashed,  when i found it the rim was gone,  it was cracked and badly scuffed as can be seen from the photo yet the contents were intact.

In the same way the snowdrop and crocus troughs travelled a long way but survived with just a little topsoil lost.  After all the devastation it's good to see life returning.

Saturday, 26 December 2015


Huge flooding today, never seen before. The house was awash and sadly most of my pot plants were washed away by the river. But we're safe and sound, which is what matters.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Rain, Rain and more Rain...

It seems a long time ago, but we had a dry and warm early autumn.  The dustbin on the allotment was empty in mid October. Fast forward to early December, and after several flood alerts, one flood warning and a lot of wet, dreary days, the bin is overflowing. A great demonstration of just how wet it's been.  Hope it dries up a bit soon!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

November Flowers

A rare sight - my New Dawn rose has some flowers in November.  And my Christmas cactus is flowering early. What a topsy turvey year we have had!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Arley Hall Revisited (Again)

 Mum was determined to visit Arley Hall gardens in the autumn, to see them in a third season and hopefully see the change in tree colour.  However, due to the microclimate and the types of trees, they really weren't as colourful as expected. There are a few acers though, of which this was the most spectacular.
 A rather lovely long row of cyclamens by a path, a really good idea to put them in this kind of position I think.
 There were lots of roses still flowering, including lots of these white ones.  Roses have done well this year, one of mine has some more buds on.
 The long border is still spectacular and it just shows how you can have a border with lots of flowers through 6 months with careful planting.  Rudbeckias, michaelmas daisies and dahlias are the main stars here among other.  The topiary was receiving its final trim of the year while we were here, the gardener had already done the right side of this photo and was working back up the walk, starting at the bottom end on the left.  Quite a job.
Another view showing the mass of daisies in particular.  Also remarkable is this grass - during the season it hosts thousands of feet tramping up and down but even at the very end of the garden year it looks lush and green.  If you look to the right of the picture you can see some rather shaggy topiary, and compare it to its twin on the left!

If you are in the area I would recommend a visit to these gardens whatever the season.