Six on Saturday 16 June 2018

At the risk of coming across as a mad cat lady obsessed with her dead cats, here are the two roses that I have planted this year to mark the passing of my 18 year old tabby sisters, Miranda and Jemima.  Both these roses have featured in other six on saturdays, but I had Jemima’s…

Six on Saturday 9 June 2018

As I mentioned last week, my cat Jemima died recently. As with her sister, Miranda, I wanted to plant a rose in her memory and scatter her ashes. I chose this Alissa, Princess of Phoenicia. It will go nicely with her sister Miranda’s Rosy Cushion, and has an appropriate name, as Jemima was a bit…

Six on Saturday 2 June 2018

A belated post this week. It’s been a sad week, we said goodbye to my 18 yr old cat Jemima who has gone to be reunited with her sister Miranda. A rose has been chosen, and will be planted in her memory shortly. Appropriately however, the rose I planted in Miranda’s memory, the Rosy Cushion,…

Six on Saturday 26 May 2018

Two out of four of my roses have their first blooms this week.  Here is my Golden Wedding Floribunda which is now two years’ old.  It was the first rose that I bought when I started gardening properly and it has flowered beautifully for the last two years.  This year there’s been a few attempted…

“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…