Three

Three

There are many plants and combinations that are making me smile in our garden this week. Here are three that have caught my eye – and the camera.

August Dawn

August Dawn

In August, the sun rises behind the horse chestnut and beech trees where our garden boundary narrows.

Kate Glen

Kate Glen

Regular visitors to this blog may have noticed that I am particularly fond of purple flowers, and also rather a fan of salvias.

Merlin

Merlin

In the third year since our purchase at the Malvern Spring Show, Dierama ‘Merlin’ has really found its stride this year.

Splash

Splash

There’s no denying that our terrace could do with weeding: however, the occasional interloper like this one makes me smile.

Cordial

Cordial

With this year’s blackcurrant crop, we decided to try making a cordial.

Dyffryn in June

Dyffryn in June

Earlier last month, I enjoyed a tranquil walk around Dyffryn Gardens, covering most of the arboretum and more structured gardens.

Watch

Watch

In the summer of 2010, I was thrilled when a beautiful dark purple poppy pushed its way up through the building rubble by the house.

Strewn

Strewn

On a recent visit to Dyffryn Gardens, just west of Cardiff, on a fairly dull day, I was mesmerised by the carpet of pink petals strewn across the ground beneath a venerable Cercis siliquastrum, carpeting a lovely set of stone steps.