Winter garden

Winter garden

It's Old Twelfth Night. Sunlight breaks through the chinks in the copse, and dances on the shiny ivy leaves, like the sparkle of twinkling fairy lights. The ash trees cast long shadows across the lawn that shift as the light moves. The days are already beginning to lengthen and the wheel of the year begins [...]

Down among the daffodils

Down among the daffodils

The garden is dancing with daffodils. Every year I'm taken aback by the sheer number of different flower types. There are big trumpets and small trumpets, showy doubles, and delicate narcissi. Under the old apple tree grows this white petalled variety with pale, peachy trumpets. Elsewhere, the bright frilled edges of these lemon yellow flowers [...]

Scent in the garden: July

Scent in the garden: July

Summer afternoons, and the far end of the garden is filled with the scent of mock orange. It floods the warm air, drawing me near like an intoxicating enchantment. The shrub responsible, a Philadelphus “Belle etoile”, brightens up this otherwise dark corner with its cascades of papery white flowers. Beneath a canopy of cherry plums [...]