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garden coming back to life

crocus surrounded by self-seeded poppy to the left, green alkanet to the right and vinca all around, after removing the invasive bluebells last year, it seems the environment was well-suited to the vinca going mad


the fresh lighter green leaves are new growth on the blackberries, the pink flower is a new bloom on the snapdragon

first crocuses outdoors

Socks and first hyacinths in bloom outdoors

cat Socks and purple hyacinths

This is the first time I've had flowers on a rosemary. I'm very impressed that it bloomed through the winter. I've seen quite sizeable shrubs at the garden centre last year with flowers which were a little expensive so I hope this will grow eventually to a similar size.

rosemary with flowers

close-up of more small early spring crocus in bloom

early spring crocus

all of those early spring crocus shown above

early spring crocus

this was the first crocus in the front garden in one of the pots shown above

yellow crocus

Unlike the shriveled shrunken hyacinth bulbs I've had in vases indoors for the past two months these outdoor bulbs are so ripe and fat. These are bulbs that I did not have vases for in September so I just popped them into whatever pots I had around.

hyacinths in a pot

one of the first crocuses outdoors in the back garden, probably another bulb that was surplus to requirements indoors

first crocus outdoors

auricula in bloom end of November

this warm weather is v confusing for plants


what is the point of holly with no berries?

My holly bush/tree, which was in the front garden when we moved in, has never had any berries on it. I guess it's the wrong gender. It just seems to be a support for the jasmine growing up it and over it. 

I think it's finally time to cut it back seriously, to the height of the fence behind it in this photo. I think we can be reluctant to change an existing garden when we take it over but after 10 years I have the confidence to do it! And those poor crocosima are desperate for more sun.

more autumn colour in the garden

surprise Morning Glory

After this new fence was installed, a seedling appeared on the bare ground. I've been following it to see what it turned into, initially I thought it might be Honesty but suddenly these flowers appeared today (Oct 20th). I planted Morning Glory seeds here a few years ago (Purple Flowers has a pic of them taken July 2010). Some have obviously been dormant in the soil since then. What a wonderful surprise at the end of October when plants are dying not blooming.

morning glory

cyclamen coum

I bought these large cyclamen coum tubers at the garden centre as I was intrigued and had never grown one before. Since this pic was taken I have planted them properly in pots covered with soil. One from this pot had been carried off by a fox and left at the bottom of the garden. I guess he decided it didn't taste or smell intereresting.

cyclamen bulb

I also don't know what the parsley-like plant is in the centre of the pot above. Will leave it and see what happens with it. The pot also has at the top green alkanet, at the bottom snapdragons, bottom right pansy and around the left nigella.

This has appeared from the large self-seeded pot, below. I'm not sure what it is. I guess it could be rosemary, the leaves look similar but I don't recall the rosemary having bloomed before. Funny this small plant decided to bloom if the much larger plant I have hasn't, it's just visible in the pic above, above the pot.

purple flower

self-seeded pots

I have lots of things self-seeding in pots, both weeds and plants I want: oxalis on the left, then couch grass, forget-me-not in the middle at the bottom, pansy to the right. I think that's a delphinium in the middle but will wait and see. Not sure if some of these will last the winter but I will try to keep them until spring.

I still don't know what is on the left, also two auriculas, red snapdragon and cat nip.

I can't resist another pic of the chinese lanterns.

chinese lanterns

autumn colour in the garden

I love handmade terracotta pots. You can just see the fingerprints on the side of this one. I have now winterized my garden by putting the terracotta pots in the cellar. Last winter was quite warm but I had a lot of breakages previous years.

ivy leaved geranium

I've shared photos of these iris foetidissima seed pods before but I never get tired of seeing their abundant seeds bursting out.

iris foetidissima seed pods

I also never get tired of seeing these chinese lanterns, there is also a bergenia showing on the right.

chinese lanterns

I saw this Salvia Amistad at the garden centre before it was on Gardeners' World last week. They had a couple left at the garden centre this week so I gave in to temptation and bought one. I love purple flowers and the dark buds. I've never seen anything like this. Perfect for Monty Don's Jewel Garden.

salvia amistad

it's not very colourful but the yucca has a large bud (at least 70 cm tall) on it that looks like a giant asparagus

yucca flower


pansy self-seeding in the paving cracks on the patio next door

another flower has bloomed


the first flower, first week of September

self-seeded pansy

in looking in the other cracks I see there are other pansy seedlings (in the foreground below) - and 2 black cats is a bonus! (there are other seedlings as well but w/o the cats it makes a boring pic)

A usual selection of seedlings in this pot, hollyhock in the centre (I probably did plant those seeds), nigella on the right which are self-seeding lots of places and pansy on the left which is also a prolific self-seeder.


another pickerel weed


late summer changes in the garden

Agastache anisata, not in bloom yet, and cornflowers.

agastache anisata

I do find growing from seed can be challenging. These globe thistles have been suprisingly successful. They have taken over this flower bed as I hadn't expected so many seedlings to grow so well. The scabiosa in the blue and white pot in front has also been wonderful and the bees have been loving them both. The agastache anisata and the cornflowers above have also been surprisingly successful seed grown plants.

lglobe thistles

geranium rozanne, it hasn't been a good performer for me but at least it's in bloom now

geranium rozanne

pickerel weed (pontederia cordata) in the pond

cat tail growing in the pond

cat tail

Oenothera versicolor self-seeding in a pot, I didn't choose this but it's very attractive.

oenothera versicolor

I don't know why my muscari are growing now. I thought they'd be dormant until spring.


unknown seedling

cats in the garden

I tend to take close-up photos of my plants and flowers but when I took this photo of Polly Pocket I thought it would be nice to show more of the garden. Hostas in the pots and bergenia to the right, lots of globe thistles and scabiosa to the left. Apple tree at the back.

Socks, my other cat.

Jeffrey, a neighbour's cat who visits every day, on the patio.

Billy, another neighbour's cat who visits regularly, in the garden next door.

Tabby Jr, another cat that visits every day now. That makes 2 residents and 3 visitors - so far.

Types of ivy

I thought it might be interesting to see what types of ivy I have in the back garden. I tried to pick only 1 of each kind and only mature specimens to compare sizes and colours accurately.

types of ivy

This tiny viola self-seeded itself in this pot, surrounded by my delphinium young plants (hopefully will replace those devoured by slugs).

I have "broadcast" thousands of red poppy seeds and this is one of only two red poppies I've had in bloom. I was so curious to see how they got so many in bloom in the Tower moat until I read they were ceramic! No wonder - as they are difficult and unpredicable.

red poppy

Still more colours of the Tasty Pansy and Pansy Tea Party, I love this shade of blue/purple



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