Thursday, 15 July 2021


A view up the garden from the bottom steps next to the greenhouse.
Cottage rose on the left.

White Francine Austin. Catmint is Six Hills Giant lots of cuttings taken from the first two plants I bought. This is just the start of flowering.

Cottage rose with Cornelia in the next bed then Cecile Brunner. The bamboo canes are for the runner and climbing beans.

Now a view down the garden and sorry about the hose pipe and weeds I wasn't up to setting the scene.

A better view of Cornelia.

One of my favourite roses Rosa Mundi.

William Shakespeare has the most heavenly scent.

Francine Asustin

Francis E Leicester always difficult to photograph, I never do it justice.

Mayor of Casterbridge with Geranium Magnificum

A view across the garden looking south.

Sweet Juliet 

Blush Rambler

Crocus Rose

This is in the garden surrounding the grass. A new rose St Swithun.

Princess Alexandra of Kent sent to me by a dear friend Katrina .

England's Rose has flowered really well this year. 

I am very belated in posting this but since recovering from chemo life has been very busy, although not a lot of energy for much gardening, I have been catching up on my new hobby of spinning wool.
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Sunday, 20 June 2021

Front garden flowers

Gertrude Jekyll Rose started flowering before most of my other roses and came out a very cerise pink.

A lovely cistus which tends to be lower growing and was in the garden when we moved here 40 years ago, this is one of many cuttings.

White rose Francine Austin with Jayne Austin peach just starting to flower and bright pink cerise cystus in the foreground. The red rose is a cutting from Nanny's rose.

Francine Austin is magnificent this year.

A later photo of Gertrude Jekyll now the flowers are much paler but then we had days of strong sun.

 The perennial red poppy with the first rose  of Sophie's rose red outside the window.

It has been my pleasure to watch the plants in the front garden come into bloom.

I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast cancer in January followed by a mastectomy and then four rounds of Chemotherapy. The chemo has been horrendous so I have been unable to do anything in the garden and Mike is doing a wonderful job of taking care of things. My last chemo was just over a week ago so it will be at least another week before I start to improve.


Lovely white Iris Immortality

The Blue Iris I have grown for some years but have spread around the front garden and last year ordered three white Iris only Immortality flowered but hopefully the other two Ice Dancer will flower next year. The beauty of Iris is their early flowering and not being destroyed by slugs and snails.