bookmark_borderGarden Flowers

image of stachys byzantina, lambs earThe garden is doing its thing.

After four years of summer neglect, my garden is rolling along. Lots of weeds and definitely needs some tidying up, but it’s doing pretty well, considering.

The Lambs Ears (above) are happy with their temporary home. Continue reading “Garden Flowers”

bookmark_borderJuly Garden and Cats

image of Astilboides tabularisI’m taking off on tour next week with Dusk Dances.

So this week I’ve been staying pretty close to home enjoying my garden. Things have been growing well this year. Like this lovely plant, Astilboides tabularis, or what Curtis, who gifted it to me refers to as “Big Leaf Betty.”

image of Astilboides tabularis flowerBig Leaf Betty has some delicately busy flowers coming up just now.

iamge of Phalaris arundinacea flower stalkSo does my Ribbon Grass (Phalaris arundinacea).

image of Geranium sanguineum flowerIn fact many of my plants are in flower. Like the Wild Geranium (Geranium sanguineum)…

image of Hydrangea arborescens flower… and the Hydrangea…

image of Gazania rigens flower… and the Gazania, which a friend encouraged me to buy for the garden this year. I’m glad I did.

image of cats on porch and rain barrelThe cats, although not in flower, seem to be having an excellent time lazing about amid the greenery and showyness of July.

image of cat licking another cat's headIt’s put them both in an excellent and friendly mood.

Me too.

And for those of you for whom black and white gardens just aren’t colourful enough, here’s a gallery of the same shots in full, glorious colour:

bookmark_borderForsythia and the Cat

image of a studio photograph of a forsythiaIt’s been a more gentle winter than last year. But it’s been cold. Very cold.

In spite of the sun, there have been plenty of dark days.

On January 1st I trimmed some branches from my forsythia and forced them indoors. Continue reading “Forsythia and the Cat”