Plant of the month

Plant of the month: Ivy – September 2020

Order: Apiales Family: Araliaceae Genus: Hedera Type: Climber Propagation: Seed or cuttings Native to: Europe, Africa and Asia I expect some of you are thinking "Why on Earth would you have Ivy as Plant of The Month, when most people spend a considerable part of their gardening life trying to get rid of it?" Well, actually,… Continue reading Plant of the month: Ivy – September 2020

Art materials, Drawing, Gardens

Garden sketching kit – with a blackbird for company

Here in the UK, the weather just hit the point where I can sit outside for a while without freezing to death, just in time for the Easter week-end. With the current crisis making the world much quieter, it was perfect out there. Blue sky, clean air, flowers, the birds and me. And Penelope rabbit… Continue reading Garden sketching kit – with a blackbird for company

Plant of the month

Plant of the month: Winter Honeysuckle – February 2020

Order: Dipsacales Family: Caprifoliaceae Genus: Lonicera Species: L. fragrantissima Type: Deciduous shrub Propagation: Seed, greenwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn Native to: China This plant of the month is not particularly spectacular, nor is it colourful or unusual. But as I lay convalescing from surgery on my feet (both at the same time, that's pretty… Continue reading Plant of the month: Winter Honeysuckle – February 2020

Gardens, Plant of the month

Plant of the month – Rosa ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain’ – July 2018

Order: Rosales           Family: Rosaceae           Subfamily: Rosoideae            Genus: Rosa Type: Perennial          Propagation: Seed, plant propagation, cuttings, grafting Native to: Mostly Asia, some Europe and North America I love roses, especially the ones who live in my garden. Yet few are the ones who manage to create an attachment as strong as the one I feel for… Continue reading Plant of the month – Rosa ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain’ – July 2018

Gardens, News, YouTube Channel

New YouTube video – Masking fluid tests, abridged version (with surprise guest)

Hello everyone, Another sunny day in the UK, filled with the smell of Rosa ‘Jasmina’ as she gently sways in the breeze, giving off waves of warm rose perfume. She really is a spectacular rose. The baby sparrows have started their yearly invasion. They are so less reasonable than their parents. For a few weeks… Continue reading New YouTube video – Masking fluid tests, abridged version (with surprise guest)