Friday, 29 June 2018

Not blogging... in the garden!

Here's a few photos from June 2018 - a blistering heatwave with no rain for ages. Even our wet garden has a few signs of stress but wildflowers are doing really well this year.

Common spotted orchids in the grass

Pruning just the1 leaf from the Gunnera manicata

Huge leaves this year on Elecampane

Elecampane will burst into flower soon

Teasels everywhere - great for goldfinches - which are also everywhere!

More teasels and a ceramic owl's head on the bench...

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Not in the Garden December 2017

When it's very cold, snowy, windy and wet in the garden, I love the flowers on my houseplants. These are mostly orchids. In another role I was in touch with an orchid expert, Isobyl La Croix, a world-renowned botanist specialising in orchids. She kindly gave me some growing tips when, some years ago, I was researching orchids used in ceramic design.

I manage now to get my various windowledge-grown phalaenopsis into flower each year and am very proud, and a little smug, that I manage to do this! It still amazes me that the flowers can last 6 months.