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  • Darhling Dahlias

    The darling dahlia (as I like to call them) is one of my favourite flowers.  They can bloom well into October, when I dig the tubers up to protect them from the first frost. Not only are they rather beautiful but they come in all shapes, sizes and colours so I challenge you to find one that you don’t like. Even better, they are very low maintenance (my type of flower) and will thrive in most sunny spots…

  • A cut flower garden close up

    I must admit that I did have some ‘moments’ earlier on this year as I wondered if I was ever going to get any blooms from my cut flower garden, but they are definitely coming thick and fast at last! While I still have so much to learn, I’m pleased with my first attempt and, whilst I’m already planning for next year, I thought I would share with you what August’s ‘crop’ looks like. Here’s some reflections on each bloom to date: Dahlias – I…

  • My Autumn shopping list

    Last week I spoke about starting to plan for next year and one of areas I really want to focus on is the right-hand side of my garden. This part is in partial shade and if I’m being honest, it is a little neglected.  My ambition is to rectify this, and my action plan with a list of shade-loving plants I’ll be purchasing for Autumn planting is below. I hope you find…

  • Autumn Planning

    Last week I spoke about sitting back and enjoying the garden and I must admit I have done this, this week. Since then I have also taken the opportunity to look back on old photographs of the garden, reflecting on how things were when we first moved in. It’s been a motivational thing to do and it has got me thinking of what projects I want to tackle next year.  Believe it or not, Autumn is the beginning of the new year for garden planning, so now…

  • Cutting Garden Progress and reflection

    If you’ve been following my blogs, you will know that earlier on in the year I had four raised beds built for the purpose of growing cut flowers.  Towards the end of May, I started to plant these beds up so thought it would be useful to reflect on progress and what I’ve learnt so far. Dear Santa, please can I have a Greenhouse for Christmas.  Because I don’t currently have a greenhouse, at the start of…