Welcome to my small garden…..

Welcome to my small garden, based in Teddington, SW London, UK.  I’ve lived here for 10 years but only started gardening properly a year ago.  Until five years’ ago I had a busy corporate job, no time, and a paid gardener just to keep things tidy.  Since I left this job and started teaching piano…

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”

I am so excited today as the most perfect rose has just bloomed in my garden.  I saw this ‘Jacqueline du Pre’ rose at the Hampton Court Flower show last year – I would have bought one there and then but none were available on sale.  So in November I ordered a bare-root one from…

Six on Saturday 19 May 2018

This, apparently, is a Sisyrinchium. This has self seeded in my front garden – well, spilling onto the pavement.  I noticed the Iris-like leaves last Autumn and had no idea what they were or how they got there.  Now that it’s flowered, I have identified it with the help of a friend.  It’s lovely, I’m going…

Six on Saturday 12 May 2018

My wisteria is slightly past its best now but still looking good.  Ten years’ ago when I moved here this covered the house, practically eating it!  It did some damage to the guttering so now I try to control it a bit more.  Although I religiously prune this after flowering and then again every January…

Views from the Bathroom Window…..

For the last year I’ve been taking a photo of my garden from my bathroom window on the 1st (or thereabouts) of every month – and posting on Instagram.  Here’s the 2018 collection so far. So this is New Year’s Day.  A mess.  You can still see some of the summer flowering – check out…

Six On Saturday 5th May 2018

The first Six on Saturday for me – the social media theme that inspired me to start this blog.  To start with here’s a welsh poppy.  These self seed in my garden every year.  Last year at this time they were everywhere, but with the cold winter only a few have started to flower so…

Roses

This is my first rose – a ‘Golden Wedding’ Floribunda.  I bought it 2 years’ ago at the beginning of my gardening obsession.  It’s flowered beautifully for the past 2 years and I’m hoping for another successful year this year.Last March (2017) I planted this climbing rose – Sweet Syrie.  It had a few beautiful…