Flower power 2

Flower power 2

The flowers at the plot are really getting into their stride.  The first flush is always the loveliest, perhaps because I’ve watched and waited while those first buds swell before finally bursting open. The first peonies are in the vase The shape and detail of...
Flower power

Flower power

What is the purpose of an allotment in the 21st century?  There are at least a thousand different answers to that question.  For me and I suspect for many others, it’s the tranquillity of the location and the satisfaction of nurturing a seed through its full...
In a vase on Monday – first cut

In a vase on Monday – first cut

The peony and rose season is here, and this vase is the first cut. Duchess Nemoirs is the first peony to open but Sarah Bernhardt will be a close second.  Gertrude Jekyll and Louise Odier roses have been in bloom for a week; the storm on Saturday night knocked down...
The nectar bar is open

The nectar bar is open

The bees love, truly, madly, deeply, these alliums.  These purple globes were a hive (!) of activity at the weekend; the word was out that there was good stuff to be had at the base of these tiny flowers. I’ve never been able to photograph a bee at work, they...