Sunday, 28 April 2019


Home to Merrow at last.

This post is to thank the staff on Merrow Ward RSCH for my care last week whilst suffering with a rather nasty case of Pneumonia, plus a viral infection.

The care from all the staff was exemplary. I was most impressed. Two nurses I especially want to thank, one I thanked in person who was a shining light on my darkest nights in early illness, the other for her cheary companionship as she tended to my needs - I hope your little rose bushes thrive and give you as much pleasure as my roses give me.

The wallflowers were a colourful welcome on my arrival home.

This lovely Wisteria was grown from seed from a blue one we lost, I was delighted to see it is thriving and one I hope to keep as a standard bush.

The Myrtle tree between a Choisya and rose often gets overlooked but it is a treat to find it in flower. I grow it in memory of my mum who loved Myrtle so much it was in her wedding bouquet.

Lovely Montana Mayleen greated me through the back door with Coronilla Glauca Citrina still flowering beneath it.

 A walk around the garden.

Choisya ternata White Dazzler flowering well despite hard pruning last year.

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' also known as golden Shirasawa maple is one of the best yellow- leaved Japanese maples.

The last of the Camellia

Hostas beginning to grow.

Delphinium plants thriving, fortunately I had staked them just before getting poorly.

Mike has been busy with the vegetables.

Sweet peas and strawberry plants growing well.

Nursery plants and agapanthus waiting to be fed and moved around the garden.

Surplus sweet peas and lettuce waiting for a new home.

Tomato plants thriving.

Not many weeks now before my May garden looks like this.

Mike has done a wonderful job in the garden keeping all the seedlings going, a task I usually do, as well as all the many other jobs in the garden and dog walking Meg.

I look forward to the day when those who struggle with chronic Lyme Disease which is known for being a persistent infection are treated as well as I have been last week. My Lyme symptoms abated and fingers crossed don't return too quickly, after the massive tritherapy antibiotics needed to treat my Pneumonia.

For anyone interested in what forward thinking doctors and veterinarians are sharing about vector borne diseases including Lyme Disease look at charity website

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.