Here’s a bit of good news: the ‘Graham Thomas’ yellow climber growing in my back garden is boasting a few brave blooms! As I said in a previous post, I’d given it up for dead until my husband Continue reading
The amabilis in Kolkwitzia amabilis–beauty bush’s botanical name, after Richard Kolkwitz, a German botanist from the 20th century–means lovely, and that’s an apt if understated description of this old-fashioned, dependable and flower-laden shrub.
Add “fragrant” to its list of attributes. Continue reading
I’d about given up on the wisteria growing at the side of our house. My husband kept telling me it was showing green under the bark, as I wrote on this blog a couple of months ago, but it wasn’t looking good to me. The branches looked dry, dull and brown. Then, on the morning of May 29, about the time the wisteria would be about to break into full, glorious bloom, I looked out the bedroom window Continue reading
“Grow more zinnias” is at the top of my garden to-do list this year, and who’d have thought? For years, once I’d outgrown my all-colour-all-the-time early gardening stage, I turned my nose up at annuals, especially zinnias, which I considered stiff and garish.