Category Archives: Gardening

Roses for Mama 2016

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My mother died 19 years ago today. It’s never a good day for me, and somehow the day before is worse. I have her beloved peace roses growing in my garden, and I think of her every time I see them. She wasn’t a gardener at all, but passed the love of this particular rose on to me.

I just wish I could share them with her.


If you love any of these photos, please save them, but share with someone you love. I would feel as though you are spreading the love of the peace rose on behalf of my mama.

Oh No, or O.K.?

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Found new residents in my grey willow this evening. 


There are three groups of this size that I can see.


They are eating the leaves down to the centre vein! Not that I care about the willow, in fact I’m trying to kill it by girdling it (I want to keep the framework for other climbers). I don’t see them in any of my other plants, either.

Any ideas? Are they bad, good, or chaotic neutral?

Peace Out

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I have one very very healthy and happy rose bush – my all-time favourite, the Peace rose. It is finally coming into bloom, and I have to say I’ve been able to get the most gorgeous photos of the first bud.


Day one…


Day two…


Today.

I’m still sick, but it’s sunny today and it costs little of my energy to sit outside and smell the flowers. I’m so grateful. The peace rose was my mother’s favourite rose, and I have so many good memories of her when I am enjoying this rose (it smells as good as it looks). 

Oh, for Socks: How I did it. I did some photo editing on the first two shots to bring up the ‘black point’ and make the dark green leaves look black. I don’t know if any of the further THIRTEEN buds on this tiny bush will also have the full-leaf background to make this type of shot possible again. 

Rare Tigridia pavonia Mutation 

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I found quite the surprise this week in my Tigridia plants. It inspired me to do some research on the tigridia family, and it turns out the different colours are different varieties. The pale yellow ones are Tigridia Canariensis:











Now that I’m done showing off (just the canariensis variety, and just from this month so far), I’ll get to the really amazing one that bloomed on Tuesday. 

Ready?


WOW! Teenage Mutant Ninja Tigridia! I’ve had tiger flower mutations before but I have never seen this happen. An Internet search found nothing.

My amateur opinion is that this is a type of Siamese twin that happens to be perfectly symmetrical. A Tigridia has six petals – three large, three small. This beauty has nine!


Now, I have no idea if this will breed true, but you can bet I have tagged the ovary and will make sure to collect the seed, if it makes any. I’m likely getting excited over nothing, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if I could cultivate a brand new flower?

Blue Tuesday

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Blue and purple today!


The last of the lavender roses.


Violas everywhere


New clematis Mrs N Thompson is a summer bloomer! Yay!


Blueberries are ripening!


The black mondo grass is blooming.


….and I’ve already forgotten what this is! Oh wait, I found the empty pot. Isotoma or blue star creeper. I’ve put it under my massive white rose, as the grass doesn’t like to grow there.

(Post dedicated to Sled)

Feelin’ Hot

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Some of you are, anyway. Not here! But it’s a good excuse for me to do a post on hot red or orange blooms.


Crocosimia ‘lucifer’ in three stages of blooming.


And an orange variety, maybe montbretia? Had it for years but this is the first time it honoured us with flowers. 


Rudbeckia! Comes back every year so far.


The thing that isn’t rudbeckia. Something with a G? Man I’m terrible. Grown from seed a few years ago now, it also come back.

Edit: it’s Galliardia!


A new one this year! This time I haven’t a clue due to a packaging mis-label, because this is NOT gladiolus callianthus. Oh well. 


Gazania! 


Red and black lilies, more of Aldi’s pixels mix. I should be the Aldi bulb spokesperson! 

They’re Heeeeere!

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It’s that time of year again – Tigridia Time! The first bloom opened yesterday and I missed it! It was closed up by the time I spotted it.  I found that quite strange as I had moved the same pot earlier in the day. Unobservant me…

But I got today’s stunner, before it shut itself away forever.