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...
Madame is blooming

Madame is blooming

This is Madame Alfred Carriere who last year suffered the indignity of being uprooted from the back garden in order to make way for the bat cave.  If that wasn’t bad enough, she was then transported to the plot in the back of my car, with her roots dangling out...
Tulips

Tulips

The crocus and tete a tete narcissi are for me, the first signs of spring at the plot but this year they were flattened by the beasts.  The next flower to emerge is the tulip and although a bit behind, I’ve been tracking her progress from tight bud to full-blown...
Sweet pea hedge

Sweet pea hedge

The sweet pea hedge grown against the side of polytunnel was a huge success last year and so naturally, I want a repeat performance this year. I planted out the hardened-off seedlings today. Fingers crossed I have four varieties: Beaujolais, Frills and Spills, High...