Six on Saturday: winter flowers

We often think that winter is a time without flowers, but a quick walk around my garden this morning in a blessed interval of sunlight amid the rain, proves otherwise. Never mind Santa Claus, I am joining in with Old Father Propagator – who is busy in his toyshop propagating shed – and his happy helpers, the…

In A Vase on Monday: A bowl of ‘bores

The name Hellebore comes from the Greek words for ‘injure’ and ‘food’ as the plant and its flowers are poisonous. But like many poisonous plants, they are also very beautiful (is there a connection to Helen of Troy?) This week to join in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday…

Seedy weekends

So far February has been a month of work deadlines and half term (aaaagh) limiting my ability to get going in the garden. But my appetite has been whetted by the appearance of a solitary flower on one of the three hellebores I planted last autumn;  By palest purple crocuses appearing in the lawn behind…