Monthly Archives: February 2016

It’s Official

Yes it’s official we are now in the Yellow Book, opening with the National Gardens Scheme. We will be opening for one day in May, along with two other gardens in the area. We will also carry on opening with our local trail in June.



I have to say I feel quite privileged to be asked to be in the Book , as we are a small garden with wonky paths and not a great deal of wheelchair access. Having said that I do try to involve anyone who is disabled by bringing pieces of various plants to them to smell or admire and I really love to talk plants with my visitors. It’s a passion that I love to share.

On a different note I’ve been sewing again. You may remember back in January last year I made a hessian book, it was in the post ‘Is It Another Bag’. I have at last started to fill it.

A picture inspired by the frosts that we have had lately , some spring gems and Primula veris Gold Laced. Hopefully I will have some more colourful pictures soon.

I’ve spent a lovely morning in the garden today clipping back and tidying, things are really on the move now and it will soon be time to pot up plants to sell. I have a windowsill full of seedlings in my workroom and the propagators are working overtime , these are all my new seeds so watch this space for some new and exciting arrivals . This is the best time of the year……If the sun is shinning where you are, I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it what ever you do.¬† Sue





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The list gets longer


With all this wet then frosty weather it was good to get out in the garden today, even if it was only to fill the bird feeders and check the greenhouse. On my way round I noticed that lots of Hellebore are flowering, some for the first time. I have an area behind a gate which is quite shady and moist, it contains some nondescript hellebore that have over the years seeded profusely. These I have moved around the garden in the hope that one day I might find something worth shouting about. Also I have bought in a couple of doubles so the overall effect is now beginning to show a tiny bit of a promise.IMG_0011

A yellow double bought some while ago bulking up nicely. The clay pot has nothing to do with this, it’s containing a vigorous hardy ginger, must cover the pot.


The leaves on this hellebore are what made me buy it. I have a feeling this is ‘Winter Moonbeam’

These are some of my seedlings and even the backs of the flowers are lovely.


H’ Sternii, grown from a seed. Several plants now grow around the garden.IMG_0002

A beautiful double bought a while back, this is also making a large clump.


A seedling that I am pleased with, a nice clear yellow and good strong leaves. Hopefully more plants will be opening their tight buds in the next few days and weeks.


Do you have a ‘To do list’ ? I do and it seems to get longer by the day. The trouble with me is I get side tracked when ever I start something. Take this morning as an example, I was just going to tidy the front garden as the men from the council came to trim the trees on our road and left a mountain of debris in all of the shrubs. This turned into pruning shrubs by epic proportions, I may regret this later ! Something else on my list is to make more ‘stuff’ for the open days. So these last few weeks I have made tote bags, some note books and larger books with pencils.

The books with pencils are made by making a ‘loose’ cover for a bought note book. I have hand blocked a piece of white heavy cotton fabric with a stylized flower. The small books are hand made using an old poster for the covers. The bags are made¬† using all donated fabric, most of which has been over printed to make each one unique. All the proceeds from all of these items and my plant sale this year will go to the East Midlands Air Ambulance. I just hope that in the months to come the garden fills out and performs well for me.

Is your garden coming back to life yet ?………



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