Celebrating gardens, photography and a creative life
Please visit my blog, where I celebrate gardening, nature, photos and creativity. I love most flowers, as you'll quickly discover.
I'm here to have a little fun as I interact with other bloggers, finding new insights at every step of the way.
I enjoy all forms of photography, from macro to more impressionistic shots, so often visit photography blogs to see what other people are sharing.
I write about my other interests too including marketing, design and writing - and, rather to my surprise - about the odd issue affecting us all that I just can't resist commenting on.
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I don’t care how nice a person you are, I don’t mind betting you occasionally have a bad thought. What distinguishes us is how we deal with the feeling: how we expend it.
Back in the day, while working on a supermarket cash register during my school holidays, I noticed that the well-to-do lady I was serving was visibly sneering at a couple of punks who had joined the queue behind her. They were a boy and a girl obviously in love: classic, charismatic punks, with torn clothes and spiky hair.Continue reading “In Praise of Punk”
An English Rose that pretty much has it all. The flowers are huge, fragrant, and very distinctive because of their deeply cupped flower form, although you can’t really appreciate the depth of the bloom from this angle. The colour is classic rose pink. It’s a shrubby type of rose, but fairly compact, with stems sturdy enough to bear the weight of the flowers. Continue reading “Rosa ‘Princess Alexandra Of Kent’”
Narcissus ‘Altun Ha’ is a yellow reverse bi-colour daffodil. In contrast to the cream petals / yellow cup combination we more often see in daffodils, the outer petals of N. ‘Altun Ha’ are yellow and the cup, creamy white, paling as the flower ages. Continue reading “Narcissus ‘Altun Ha’”
As news broke that this year’s flower shows have been cancelled, I found myself gazing at a pile of dry, leafy debris, cleaned from my hens and chicks, wondering whether making a mandala would sooth my mind. It wasn’t the best of ingredients, being a uniformly dull beige.
My thoughts turned to last year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. The Mandala Mindfulness Garden had been designed as a quiet space to allow an urban school to provide wellbeing sessions for small groups and in one to ones. A sense of rest (from the seating areas) and calm contemplation (the mandalas), was balanced by flow (the airy planting and the oval path). Continue reading “RHS Chatsworth’s Mandala Mindfulness Garden”