A week of Flowers 2022: Day Five

I am having a great time sifting through garden photos and viewing all the fabulous flowery posts some of you have been sharing for my ‘Week of Flowers’. Designed to chase away the grey and chill of these December days, it is open to everyone. So feel free to join in and simply post a flowery photo or two a day through until Devember 6th… and leave a link below. We are already on Day Five – goodness me, these past few days have flown by!

My first photo today is my gorgeous Himalayan Foxtail Lily ‘Eremurus himalaicus’. I know they are fussy plants, so I am keeping my fingers crossed they will flower again next year. They were amazing!

And my other flowers today are Asters. They always do well in my garden, even after a very hot and dry summer. 😃

Looking forward to seeing what others are sharing today.


Have a warm and flowery Sunday everyone!

A Week of Flowers 2022: Day Four

Welcome to Day 4 of my ‘Week of Flowers’ – my answer to brightening up the darkest days of the year here in the northern hemisphere. Why not join me? Just post a flower a day through to Tuesday December 6th. Yes, it’s that simple!

Today I am sharing some of my favourite flowers from my Moon Bed, planted in shades of blue, cream and white. First the Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’. Such a beautiful shape and colour…

The bees love this as much as I do! 😉🐝

Another true blue is the Camassia. Sadly they don’t last for very long. (This one is actually in the Butterfly Bed, where I have had a few for several years now).

Around the same time of year the Scabiosa ‘Perfect Blue’ begin to flower too.

I grew these from seed in our first spring here, and they have spread nicely.

Finally, Echinacea ‘Fragrant Angel’ which is possibly the best Echinacea I have ever grown… strong growth, lots of long-lasting flowers and a bee magnet. 😃

Thank you for all the contributions and comments. This is so much fun! If you haven’t joined in yet there is still time… and remember to leave a link below so we can all find the flowers you are sharing!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



A Week of Flowers 2022: Day Three

Time is whizzing by this week as a whirlwind of flowers colours my days! Yes, it is already Day Three of my third annual Week of Flowers, where I invite you to join me in sharing a photo of flowers from your 2022 garden over a whole week. I started this in 2020 when I was feeling low after our little doggie Gina died mid November and it really helped to cheer me up. You can post just one of the days or each day, (with any number of flowers you like, but one is just fine!😉) up to Tuesday December 6th. But do leave a link in the comments so that we can all see what you have found to share. 😃

I am going to start off this morning with a reminder of some golden summer glory.

(Gaillardia, Heliopsis and Helianthus)

And below, the only Dahlia I managed to grow this year: ‘Firepot’. It didn’t produce more than three or four flowers, but was so pretty.

And to close for today, a flower that is blooming right now – a little early but very welcome in my winter garden. Hellebore Ice ‘n’ Roses ‘Early Rose’.

Thanks to all and have a wonderful Wednesday. (And see you tomorrow….😉)


A Week of Flowers 2022: Day Two

It’s Day Two of my ‘Week of Flowers’, where I invite you to join me in sharing a photo (or five!😉) of flowers from your 2022 garden over a whole week. You can post just one day or each day, up to Tuesday December 6th. But do leave a link in the comments so that we can all see what you have found to share!

So many have already joined in and commented, with a few new faces too. 😆

I am going to go a bit mad today with six photos to share. 🤪First of all, my beautiful tulip ‘Texas Gold’. The different shades over the flowering period are quite outstanding…

Next up is one of the Salvias I grew in the Herb Bed this summer called ‘Icing Sugar’. And it really is a sugary pink. 😉

And finally two Echinacea flowers, the names of which escape me right now.

Thanks to all those already participating and all the lovely comments. Let’s brighten up December together!

Have a great day!


A Week of Flowers 2022: Day One

Welcome to my annual ‘Week of Flowers’!

Over the next seven days I will be sharing some bright and colouful photos of flowers from my garden in 2022. My way of cheering up the gloomy days of November and December here in the northern hemisphere. 😃

If you would like to join in, simply post a photo (or two😉) of a flower each day through to Tuesday 6th December and leave a link here in the commemts below so that we can find your post.

So, here are my photos for today, three in fact, reminding us of the colours of Spring!

First, a cheeky parrot tulip, ‘Silver Parrot’. It has become a habit, or perhaps a tradition, to grow parrot tulips in pots each year for some colour in the yard.

Here is a more elegant tulip, ‘Whispering Dream’, growing in the Oval Bed. The name alone is enticing. It flowers for ages and becomes even prettier as it matures…

And finally, one of my favourite species tulips, ‘Little Beauty’. Its name says it all. That almost blue centre is mesmerizing…

It does feel good to take a break from the November grey (5°C) and dream of the warmth of some Spring sunshine!

I am looking forward to seeing some of YOUR flowers too – and don’t forget to leave a link!

Happy gardening!




In a Vase on Monday: Rays of Sunshine

There was no sign of the sun today in our part of the world – quite normal for November – but I still managed to get some satisfying gardening, tidying up and pottering done outside. And while I was pottering I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of Gaillardia still flowering.

I immediately remembered another unexpected glow of colour I had seen on my morning rounds with Anouk; a single Goldenrod flower, a little worse for wear but with some pieces still good enough for a vase.

I scanned the garden for some nice amber coloured foliage to accompany my golden November treasures and my eyes fell on the Geranium foliage. Perfect!

It was quite exciting to be able to create such a sunshiny vase on the last Monday in November!

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this Monday meme, where she invites us to share something from our gardens, popped into a vase.😃

Reminder: As I posted here just a few days ago, my ‘Week of Flowers‘ for 2022 will commence on Wednesday 30th November. If you would like to join me for a week sharing a photo a day of a colourful flower from your 2022 garden I would be delighted. 😃 And if a whole week is too much, do join for just one day (or two 😉). I know I am not the only one here in the northern hemisphere who values every single splash of colour they can find at this time of year!


Thanks for reading and Happy Gardening!




Join me for ‘A Week of Flowers’ 2022

For the past two years I have invited my blogging friends to join me in posting a photo of a flower each day for a week at the end of November/beginning of December. And it has been so much fun that I am doing it again! This year I will be starting on November 30th.

November seems to have slipped by, possibly because the first half was so sunny and mild and it felt like October. Now I realize Advent starts this coming weekend!

Last year I made new blogging friends with my Week of Flowers. Connecting to people around the world simply by sharing our passion for plants is certainly a good way to spend a few hours on a dark December evening.

So, from Wednesday November 30th through to Tuesday December 6th I will be sharing the most colourful and cheerful flowers from my garden in 2022. 😃

Please join me in making December a bit brighter. It can be one photo, or more if you like. You can post just one day or all seven. But do leave a link in the comments so that we can all see what you have found to share!

I am looking forward to it!