Geranium Rozanne

geranium rozanne

This has been quite a poor plant for about 3 years now. It currently has 1 flower. I haven't noticed any other flowers this year. In contrast, my other geranium is covered with flowers.

crocosima and teasel

I thought these might be crocosima so moved them to have some more sun as they hadn't bloomed but then they didn't bloom and I figured they must be something else. This year they've suddenly started to bloom and they are indeed crocosima.

small crocosima

I like teasels although they can be considered a weed, they are also considered wildflowers.  I've never seen a bird on one eating the seeds even though I've read they like them.


seeds growing years later

A few years ago I planted about 5 different thistles with variable results, mostly disappointing but 1 enormous cotton thistle (in the front garden) which was great. Since then I haven't seen any of the thistles until this suddenly appeared in the back garden. 

cotton thistle

It's not nearly as tall as the first cotton thistle I grew.

cotton thistle

This vipers bugloss appeared in the front garden a few years after planting them in the back garden.

vipers bugloss

Pussycat likes to go next door and spend time with my neighbour.



Unlike the previous flowers, these neon violet pansies I actually planted this year in March.

neon violet pansy

The front garden has grown quite lush after all this rain.

front garden with Pussycat

Zantedeschia and Aquilegia Flowers and a Moth

I noticed this tiny tiny moth the other day sitting on a white foxglove just as I happened to be in the garden with my camera. I think it's a mint moth (if my google searches were successful).

mint moth

It's warm enough for the zantedeschia to bloom. This one is in the pond. I've just been reading about how they need winter protection but I've never provided that for mine. Things need to be as tough as old boots to survive in my garden and this plant has done just fine. It was one of my best buys as it was on special at B+Q a few years ago and is still going strong.


These photos are quite similar but I just couldn't decide which was better!


It's easy to get blasé about aquilegias as they self-seed around the garden and I've never bought seeds or a plant but they really are exquisite flowers.


pansy and viola colour reversion

I'm rather surprised to see both pansy and viola flowers reverting to a similar colour and happening on existing plants rather than self-seeded ones.

These were supposed to be a black pansy, Blackjack (I actually labelled these properly when I planted them last year - sometimes I forget).

colour reversion pansies

These were Viola Floral Powers although I'm not sure if they were an existing plant or a self-seeded one that grew wholly this year.

viola colour reversion

I now know that the Chiltern Seeds pansies that I complained to them about that were not the colours they were supposed to be had all reverted to a similar colour. Surely they must have recognised that. I didn't know about colour reversion at the time.

iris foetidissima and hydrangea petiolaris

I was surprised to see this iris flower today. It self-seeded and I hadn't even noticed the plant until it bloomed. But what a boring flower. It's brown! These iris foetidissima have a way of blending into the background and being completely unnoticed - until the seed pods burst open to reveal bright orange seeds. Their other redeeming quality is that they'll grow and bloom anywhere, sun or shade; tough as old boots.

iris foetidissima

This hydrangea is also pretty tough and doing well in semi-shade.

hydrangea petiolaris

daisy, salvia, comfrey, vetch, etc

I planted these daisies from seed, what seems like ages ago. The recent hot weather has finally spurred them into bloom.



These are my first salvia blooms.


The comfrey is in bloom now.


These tufted vetch seemed to appear suddenly from nowhere. I did have seeds ages ago but I have no recollection of where I planted them and when but I often reuse pots after planting seeds if nothing appears so these have obviously been dormant somewhere until the conditions were right for them to grow.

tufted vetch

It's funny how the ceanothus on the right has one lone bloom on it, compared with the one on the left covered in blossoms.

"work in progress"

Watching Goldie on the Chelsea Flower Show program, I loved his phrase "work in progress" referring to our gardens. How true. We're always working on things in the garden which is never complete, it's always a work in progress.

This is my first allium schubertii this year. I guess it gets more sun in this position than the others on the other side of the garden.

allium schuberti

Another first, my first foxglove in bloom this year.


This hersperis matronalis (aka sweet rocket as well as other names) took me by surprise this spring. I planted seeds in the past but forgot about them. Suddenly there's a whole patch of them in the garden next door. I also discovered a tufted vetch there. I planted those seeds ages ago and never saw anything of them. I must have planted something else in the pot and eventually the vetch grew.

hesperis matronalis

My neighbour's ceanothous (right in the pic below, covered with purple flowers) is great to see from my back door.

back garden

another frog and the latest blooms

Another (larger) frog has appeared in my pond. I haven't seen the other frog for a few weeks and suddenly this one was there the other day. I love having the frogs. My one regret is that my grandmother isn't able to share this with me. She was so interested in my efforts to attract them to my garden pond.

frog in pond

The single comfrey plant I have (from an entire packet of seeds) is unexpectedly blooming. It was at the back of the garden out of the way, looking a lot like green alkanet, and suddenly the other day I saw it had different flowers and realized it was comfrey. I was inspired to plant this after hearing Bunny Guiness talk on GQT about how great the flowers were for bees as they lasted well into the autumn when little else was in bloom.

comfrey buds

The angelica is an amazing plant. It has more flowers and has grown even taller.

angelica flowers



The lower stems are red. The plant was so massive I had to prune it.

red angelica stems

The Orange Favourite tulips are still looking great.

Orange Favourite tulips

Orange Favourite tulip

Orange Favourite tulip

This lilac has been very slow to get going but now it's blooming like mad. This pic also shows two aquilegia (to the right of the lilac) which are the tallest aquilegia I've ever seen, some foxgloves and a bit of the ceanothous to the left.


Orange Favourite tulips, angelica and green alkanet

This pot of Orange Favourite tulips is in my back garden. The tulips in my front garden bloomed and finished before these even started.

Orange Favourite tulips

This angelica is huge. I was annoyed that I only got 1 or 2 plants from an entire packet of seeds but at this size in a small garden I don't need more than 1 or 2.


Green alkanet seems to have taken over the garden. It's beautiful and I love it but I think it's time to thin it a bit. The bees are loving it.

green alkanet

green alkanet

green alkanet


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