Sunday, 31 May 2020


Welcome to my roses in the vegetable garden. What a glorious display this year.

Just a few errors in my video. First I called the white rose Claire Austin it is Francine Austin, I do have a Claire Austin in another part of the garden which is also delightful. I then refer to leeks which in fact are onions and my last error was referring to 2 clematis when I meant roses, one is Mayor of Casterbridge and the other Sweet Juliet. I think I will put my tongue twisters down to Lyme disease, why not I have just about every other symptom in the list so why not word disassociation.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020


Today at Joanne's cottage garden. The roses are already making a wonderful show.
Tonight I watered and closed the greenhouse for the night about 7.00 hours and heard the sound of the cuckoo in the woods nearby, what a delight.

How lucky we are to have the woods nearby and the extra bird song we hear because of  living so near to the woods.

Rambling Rector makes a good screen on this trellis and is just peeping into flower alongside Cornelia and hiding top left a lovely clematis William Kennett. This is a cutting taken years ago but it still struggles to grow despite me accidentally chopping bits off it.

Crocus rose  such a beauty small in height compared to many other shrub roses but the perfume is divine.

Crocus rose.

Sweet Juliet 

Mayor of Casterbridge


Clematis Carnaby

Clematis Rebecca on the right with Cornelia rose and on the left Clematis Mrs N Thompson. Incidentally the public footpath notice came out of the council rubbish, so acquired legitimately.

Thursday, 14 May 2020


The President 


St Swithun a new climbing rose.

Cecile Brunner


Mrs N. Thompson

Choisya with a Rose Chafer beetle. I have seen a number of Rose Chafer beetles in the garden this year but not as many as a few years ago. 

Elsa Spath a delightful clematis, although this is past it's best. Sadly the plant was damaged and cut back by mistake so it's not flowering as plentiful as it has done in the past.

Sophie's Rose

Gertrude Jekyll

Byzantine gladiolus my favourite gladioli with Francine Austin rose in the background and a bright red peony surprising what still grows among the bindweed and ground elder.

Yes bare earth at last, what a job getting rid of some of the ground elder and bindweed after the wallflowers were dug up. This is ready for the Dahlias once the frost risk has passed.

And on the other side of the bed likewise.

I adore pinks but they often get lost in among other plants so I have taken to growing some in containers which works much better.



I hope you enjoyed the tour around the garden it has been hard work this year digging out copious ground elder and pulling up bindweed. All made much harder struggling with Lyme disease symptoms which for me are mainly stiff and painful joints and muscles weakness.

Saturday, 4 April 2020


A glimpse of the front garden with hellebores, primrose and tall snowdrops under the front wall.

The photos don't really do justice  but this is my view when I sit in the front window not bad on a cold day.

An aerial view from the bedroom window.

Not very clear, but in this bed I replanted tall snowdrops. They came out of this bed a couple of years ago when I put weed suppressant down and wood chip and the snowdrops have been happily growing in tall pots, so it was time I found them a new home by parting the weed suppressant. The pots are agapanthus that overwintered in the greenhouse.

The Camellia have been lovely this spring but the weather has been atrocious for gardening so we haven't been able to enjoy seeing them as much as most years.

The tulips have done better than the daffodils this year I keep meaning to plant more daffodils in these beds, the last lot came to nothing not sure why. In the foreground I have planted agapanthus. These have now been planted in the front of the beds along the path because we have so many in pots and can't keep moving them around the garden and back into the greenhouse each year. 

The neighbour's house is much more visible since we had the laurel hedge cut back, shame but had to be done and we could no longer manage it because it had grown too tall.

This is not to brag about having a hose pipe! It is the first of many beds that needed a proper clear out and restart. Lavender, pinks and I think it is chinadoxa flowering.

There's that darn hosepipe again but it is useful to have it left down the path.There's that white chair again often in centre shot not that I am proud of it but as you may notice I point and snap and rarely stage a photo.

 A few broad beans in the greenhouse ready to go outside - they are now planted out. These photos I took a few days ago and just hadn't got around to posting them.

This is me trying to reduce the number of potted plants I have. Big fail the remaining agapanthus further along the path have since been split and potted on thus leaving Mike with just as many pots to move around the garden.

My working space looking tidier than usual the strawberry barrels have been moved for the hedge cutting but may well remain in this position. Yet more agapanthus although bigger varieties.

Well that's it from Orange cottages for now.

I would like to wish you all well and stay safe from this nasty coronavirus.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019


Just to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and hoping 2020 is kind to you all.

This photo was taken in 2009 of a lovely old oak tree on one of my walks. It's ten years since we had any snow worth taking photos of and long may that last.

Sunday, 4 August 2019


Another year with glorious hanging baskets thanks to the diligence of Mike, watering daily and feeding once a week. Surfinia petunias are always very successful.

We lost our Laburnum tree last year and so for now an oleander in a pot has been replacing it just behind this gate post.

The left gate post behind which is our neighbours delightfull flint cottage. The dogs water bowl has daily visitors with their owners of course.

Right gate post and a glimpse of the woods beyond.

The left hanging basket by the front door in competition with a tree fern.

The right hanging basket by the front door is in rather a shady position but still puts on a good show and geranium in pots below.

This is the hanging basket at the back door ignore the water but and washing line.

This lovely fuschia came from one of last years hanging baskets and flowered in a pot right into the winter months in the back porch and after pruning has put on a glorious show again this year.

A glimpse across the front garden with my neighbours Acanthus taking back stage.

Sophie's Rose putting on a glorious display as always.

Crocosmia looking good just starting to flower as the Phlox comes into flower.

One of several hardy Fuchsia bushes in the foreground with some pink but mainly white phlox. Years ago I think all these phlox were mainly pink but seem to have changed to white these days.