Home grown Christmas trees

This year the garden has given a seasonal gift. An old “dwarf” blue spruce which has grown by the drive for many years is now gracing the sitting room for a few weeks, or at least the top 7 feet of its former 30 or so is. I feel a bit sorry for the poor…

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: May 2016

I really need to get going with the themes and memes in garden blogging.  The year is zooming by and I’m not recording the glories.  So here goes… Not quite out just yet is Embothrium coccineum. This is the magnificent Chilean Fire Bush, and supposedly quite difficult to grow in eastern Britain.  It’s the first time it’s…

Harrogate Flower Show

Today I was lucky enough to visit the Harrogate Flower Show. What a perfect day for a show: it was about 15C, sunny and windless, so it was pleasant but not too hot. Usually it seems to rain whenever I’ve been to such events. Although the the show has a few show gardens, it’s really…

Echiums on the up

A number of self-sown Canary Island echiums are bursting into life. I grew some a few years ago which did well, but then the cold winter (2010 was it?) killed them off. Self seeders have been coming up everywhere ever since however, and flowered for the  first time last year. Here’s another about to open…

April flowers

Everything has burst into growth in the garden.  It looks like we’ll have quite an early spring this year, despite a generally cool March.  It’s been nearly two months since my last blog post, which considering this would act as a sort of journal and reminder of all the lovely things in the garden, has…

Clematis and Hellebores

  The above photograph shows one of the most charming and yet understated plants in the garden at the moment, Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens‘Freckles’.  An evergreen and quite rampant climber, it flowers at various times from Autumn onwards.  Mine is growing into a large conifer, rather than the usual recommended warm wall.  This probably reduces the…

Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’

For me, this photograph (taken on 27 May 2015) is so evocative of one of the most special times of the year. As May slides into June the days are long and bright and the garden is full of vernal lushness. The greens are at their greenest and all the plants are still neat and…

Rhodochiton atrosanguineus

Today I’ve been sowing seed of the purple bell vine, Rhodochiton atrosanguineus. It’s a tender perennial climber which is usually grown in the UK as an annual.  It’s quite a remarkable plant, covered in amazing flowers consisting of a purple calyx with dark, almost black flowers hanging down within. I often grow it in pots on the…

About my garden

Hello, I’m Dave, a gardener.  Welcome to the blog in which I’ll share photos, ideas, successes and failures from my garden near Barnsley in South Yorkshire.  I aim to post fairly regular blog posts about what’s happening.  On this page is a short introduction. A bit about the garden’s characteristics… the soil is slightly acid….

Hello & welcome

Hello and welcome to my blog.  This is the inaugural post.  Please click the “about” link above to see a little bit more about my garden.  In the meantime, my Chiltern Seeds catalogue arrived the other day and is begging to be ordered from.  More soon.