Iris 3rd February 2016

Poor old Iris reticulate and its familial cousins such as Iris danfordiae and Iris histrioides, they barely get a look in when the Galanthophiles hit the gardening magazines at this time of year. You can barely turn a page without being urged to visit your nearest snowdrop walk. No-one does that for early bulbous irises and its such a shame as they are such a shot of intense colour in a grey month. Really easy and really cheap they should be grown more often.
Iris reticulate ‘Harmony’


Iris ”Katharine Hodgkin’

New RHS garden planned for the north

It’s great to read that another Northern garden is on the drawing board for the RHS.

News in this month’s The Garden magazine tells us that the new garden will be sited at Salford in Manchester and is to be called RHS Garden Bridgewater Currently an empty and derelict site of 10 acres, work will soon begin to create an education centre, glasshouses and ornamental terraces.

I can’t wait to visit when it opens in 2019.

Greenhouse April 2016

Such a stupidly long time since I posted anything, so let’s see if I can remember what happened!?!

I took down the #greenhouse in the garden during April. Such a tough thing to do as it had served me so well for 12 years; raising seedlings, overwintering plants and providing us with tomatoes, winter salads and basil. However, it was a cheap purchase and had started to sag and warp and one corner had separated completely. Rather than have it come crashing down on my head it was taken down. No tomatoes this year!


greenhouse gone!