Wednesday, 2 January 2019


Happy New Year for 2019.

I was reminded in one New Years message not to let your disease define you. Those of us who struggle daily with a chronic illness, in my case Lyme Disease are constantly aware of their pain and incapacity.

Another comment made in that New Year message was about winning a lottery prize. I often feel that I have won the lottery being able to make some enormous strides in recovering from my Lyme disease, but that was thanks to an ILADS doctor and a sympathetic GP who could see the benefits of long term antibiotics by the effect it had on reducing my visible symptoms. These days my symptoms are much milder and although they still relapse, the relapse is slower and the response quick with a short course of antibiotics.

I spend a lot of my time advocating to help share information and science on Lyme disease and a quick glance through my Looking at Lyme disease blog shows how much is available that our governments choose to ignore.

However anyone who follows this garden blog will know that what really defines me is my garden.

I rarely like to post about personal information or family but I am fortunate to have 5 grandchildren with another expected in a few weeks. I am lucky to be able to spend time most weeks with all my grandchildren.

I have been involved in several projects such as making a Dolls House. 

I have had many sewing and knitting projects, but one of my favourites was to make this little jacket plus a skirt for my granddaughter. Why this was so special was because aged 6 she designed her own fabric which her mum had printed and then asked if I would make her this jacket and skirt to match.

Another project I enjoyed was making a lion for each family this was a blast from the past when as a young mum I made large soft toy animals. 

Many years ago when I belonged to Blotanical I was challenged to write a Meme post which shows some of the animals I used to make 

So our latest project was to make a Hornby 00 train layout, thanks to Ebay the train sets were not too expensive and Mike was happy to get involved with laying it all up. My contribution was mainly in building the model buildings thanks to Wordsworth Model Railway for providing the downloads of the buildings 

So I can count many blessings in my life but here is hoping that 2019 brings big changes in the way doctors handle Lyme Disease, they need to recognise the unreliability of testing, make clinical diagnosis and treat empirically using antibiotics for the infection and support for our immune systems and halt the devastation of thousands of lives by this persistent bacterial infection - Lyme Disease.

Sunday, 23 December 2018


I was reminded by a Garden Blogging friend today of how long ago it is since I started this blog. Ten years in February. So much has happened in the last ten years. Many of my Garden blogging friends are still active today with their blogs as can be seen by a quick look at my blog sidebar. Most of them I met about ten years ago when I joined Blotanical. What a fun resource of garden blogs that was. So thank you Catherine from A Garden in Progress for that reminder on Facebook (where I still have contact with some garden bloggers).

These days however, my energies are spent on my Looking at Lyme disease blog which helps me to advocate to try and prevent others struggling with this dreadful disease Lyme Disease, because our governments fail in their duty of care.

In sitting to write my Christmas message I realised that I never posted this year about my roses or my clematis, the first time in ten years, thus here is a quick collage put together to remind us all that spring and summer are not too far away.

So this is to wish all my virtual friends a very Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018


I love hostas even though it is such a battle to protect their leaves from slugs and snails. They are so rewarding and good to divide and make new plants.

This photo is of the bed in my first photo posted some years ago. Some cheeky person used my photo for advertising some garden design - he could at least have credited to my blog. It is surprising how often you find your work elsewhere when doing a Google search.

All the variegated Hosta are ones I have been given divided from other plants and then I have divided again and again. All the green Hosta are grown from seed from my Dad's Sieboldii, it surprises me how varied in size and colour - green/grey they grew.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018


Crocus Rose
The start of the rose flowering period in my garden even today loading these photos the garden has changed since I took the photos two days ago.

Crocus Rose a delightful rose with soft apricot buds opening and bleaching to mainly white flowers. with  a delicious fragrance.

Falstaff strong bold flowers and deep rose perfume but after rain a tendency for the heavy flowers to droop.

Sweet Juliet a beautiful flower strong plant and abundance of flowers although the flowers are looking smaller this year than I remember.

Sweet Juliet

Mayor of Casterbridge another vigorous shrub rose hence the supporting hazel poles. A strong fragrance.

Mayor of Casterbridge again the flowers seem much smaller must remember to feed with compost this year.

Noble Anthony

Noble Anthony

Francis E Lester difficult to photograph as most of the flowers seem to be in next doors tree.

Rambling Rector always an early flower and very rampant it really deserves a much larger area to climb.

Cottage Rose one of my favourites and one I have taken cuttings from. Cottage Rose was moved three times before liking it's current situation and thriving.

 Cornelia grown from a cutting


Cecile Brunner grown from a cutting given to me by a dear neighbour who is no longer with us.

Francine Austin I have grown several cuttings from this plant.

Albrighton Rambler a new addition since losing our much loved Veilchenblau 

England's Rose bought for my Dad when he was living with us some years ago, this year it is blooming very well since redoing this bed.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


Pink Fantasy
A tour to look at my early clematis, I hope you enjoy them.

Pink Fantasy

Wadas Primrose


Marie Boisselot with Josephine
Not a great photo but it gives the setting these two clematis are growing in.

Marie Boisselot

Marie Boisselot

Nelly Moser grown from a cutting thankfully as the original died after replanting a shrub nearby.

Nelly Moser 

Montana Mayleen flowering earlier in May

The President one of the best doers in my garden

The President

William Kennett 
Not the best photo but a clematis I treasure, the original died and this cutting taken many years ago survived but has been accidentally chopped back on more than one occasion, when pruning the rose Rambling Rector which it grows through.

Marmori with a promise of so very many buds.

Sunset in a shady corner but managing to hold her own despite being nibbled.

Macropetala from several weeks ago another grown from a cutting of a cutting and the original plants died.

Rebecca putting on a magnificent display again this year


The sign was discarded as rubbish where my husband worked so acquired legitimately.

A last glimpse of Pink Fantasy in its garden setting.