Midsummer blooms, damsels and tigers

My favourite flowers for midsummer are out: climbing roses, whose blooms come in tight clusters; the airy, winged flowers of Gillenia Trifoliata; the pure white of Geranium phaeum 'alba'; and the perfumed mock orange whose scent hangs on the warm air during the day and wafts in to the house in the evening. Then there…

Simple ways to brighten dark days

Spring and winter have begun their annual tussle. And although yesterday's initial frostiness was quickly followed by sunlight and bright skies, there are still days when it's perpetually grey outside and the house is gloomy. I wrote some posts about simple ways to cheer dark days a couple of years ago, and although spring is…

Merry and bright, solemn and still

December: a month of contrasts. I love the merry days of Christmas: bright colours on the Christmas tree, cheerful songs, and the sparkle of fairy lights. But I also love those quiet days, when the air is still, and magic hangs around the house in an altogether different way. Late in the afternoon the clouds…