It’s ironic we gardeners are often highly suspicious of plants that have the potential to be really happy and spread in our gardens, whilst lavishing energy, love and concern on ones that only ever hover on the edge of survival. Continue reading “In Praise of Alstroemeria”
Roses, clematis, nigella, veronica and hypericum berries in shades of pink, blue and purple look wonderful combined with creamy lisianthus buds, natural wood and lichens. Lest anyone should think I have the talent to have done this, I’ll make it clear that it’s a detail from a floral design by Eleanor Griffiths that I admired at last year’s Southport Flower Show. Continue reading “Friday Flowers: Sitting Pretty”
Five pictures of flowers for anyone susceptible to their beauty. Continue reading “Floral Treats”
After the pink roses, I thought cool blue Corydalis flexuosa ‘Purple Leaf’ would be an interesting contrast. Its decorative, deeply lobed leaves are on the reddish side rather than the purple the name suggests, but are no less attractive for that. Slender green seed pods follow the flowers. Continue reading “Corydalis flexuosa ‘Purple Leaf’”
The Friendly Friday prompt is The Colour Pink. If you come here often, you’ll know I never need much of an excuse to bring out the roses. So here goes! Continue reading “Even More Pink Roses”
A comment from blogging buddy, Derrick, reminded me to share this installation, created by Flowers from the Farm, a not-for-profit network of sole traders, micro businesses and smallholders who grow British cut flowers and sell them at farm gates, markets, craft fairs and online.
Prompted by the theme of movement at the Chatsworth Flower Show in 2018, it was a quirky, floral recreation of Fragonard’s 1767 oil painting, The Swing. Continue reading “Floral Pastiche of The Swing By Fragonard”
Like me, you probably think of Lily of the valley as being white but there’s also a dainty pink form, which is quite rare. The pink is stippled and subtle, as if it has been spray painted (although we’d better not go there, let’s say powder coated). Both forms prefer shady conditions, from dappled to full. Continue reading “Convallaria majalis var. rosea (Pink Lily of the Valley)”