Monday 27 June 2016


The Mayor of Casterbridge

Rosa Mundi

Jayne Austin

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Crocus Rose


Rosa Gallica Officinalis

Cecile Brunner

Cecile Brunner

Red Flower Carpet

Name unknown

Name unknown

Sophie's Rose

New Dawn

Aviateur Bleriot


Saunders White

Saunders White

Blush Rambler

Rambling Rector

Rambling Rector

Rambling Rector


Francine Austin

The Garland

Possibly Flower Carpet gone mad.

White Flower Carpet

Noble Antony

Cottage Rose

Most of my roses came from David Austin roses although some are from cuttings.

Friday 24 June 2016


Don't you just love Delphiniums these days I grow them in a small border and they perform very well although vie for space with a Saunders White Rambler  and several Clematis with a large cooking apple tree to the right of the photo, a beautiful Gleditsia to the left of the photo and variegated Box along the front of the border.
In early spring I weed and dress the bed with grit and slug pellets.

I was encouraged to grow Delphiniums years ago when I had an allotment next to someone who grew them for show. He had half an allotment of Delphiniums. In June it was like being in heaven and i can't think of Delphiniums without being reminded of him his allotment and the thought of Dreaming Spires.
I posted about them last year when the weather conditions were more favourable and they hadn't been so battered with rain as they have been this year, on this post

Tuesday 21 June 2016


Cornus Kousa Chinensis gives a wonderful display and because these are bracts they last so much longer than flowers.

             Rosa Officinalis left foreground, Rambling Rector on the fence left bottom.

                                                                                    Left Francine Austin, Cornelia, Cecile Brunner, Cornelia and Francine Austin. The first three are grown from cuttings and strike very easily. The pink in the left foreground is Cottage rose which I have also managed to take cuttings from.

Looking across the garden with the woods in the background.

Looking diagonally up the garden with Crocus rose left foreground Sweet Juliet above that which grows so sturdily we use the tripods to support it. Bottom right is a sneak peak of Falstaff. With Parsnips, carrots and broad beans.

Another glimpse at a slightly different angle with Francis E Lester Rambler in the left background.

Rambling Rector with Clematis Pink Fantasy.

 Goldfinch rose in the hedge above Marie Boisselot left and Josephine clematis.

Veilchenblau rambler with two flowers on my  Carpenteria California and mock orange to the right of that.

Veilchenblau with clematis Perle d'azur clematis scrambling through it.

Another view of  Rambler Goldfinch.

I decided to post these photos at this size because enlarging them seems to loose the detail or definition with the small blooms.