Archive for April, 2020

What unbelievably strange times we’re all going through. Along with many others, I’ve been self-isolating at home as one of the household has suspicious symptoms and I feel very lucky to have a garden, albeit a small London pocket-sized version. And with so much spare time at home, it’s going to be a bumper year […]

via Gardening in the time of Coronavirus — Out of my shed


There are lots of different types of Japanese cherry planted in the garden at Winterbourne. We’ve got Prunus x yedoensis planted in the Geographical Beds, with single white flowers blooming in March and April. There’s a Prunus ‘Kanzan’ with double pink flowers that blooms slightly later in the Car Park. And blooming even later still…

via Plant Spotlight — Winterbourne House and Garden

Fritillaria imperialis are very attractive in flower, although they are decidedly pongy when grown in a big group. Folk names for them include Crown imperial and imperial fritillary. Walking around a woodland garden last spring, my nose picked up something foxy in the air. I thought I knew what it was, but not where it […]

via Fritillaria Imperialis – The Crown Imperial Fritillary — Susan Rushton

This lovely work of stained glass is part of the centrepiece of a triptych in the cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral showing St Agnes, St Mary and St Dorothy, by Morris & Co, 1924.

via Two Stained Glass Panels From Gloucester and Glasgow Cathedrals — Susan Rushton

Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1472 – 1553) “To divide the united, to unite the divided, is the life of nature; this is the eternal systole and diastole, the eternal collapsion and expansion, the inspiration and expiration of the world in which we move. I compare the earth and her atmosphere to a great living […]

via All Is Leaf — Secret Gardener

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is a native alternative to Forsythia that’s certainly worth considering. It’s a shrub that offers much more than yellow flowers in spring.

via Spicebush and Forsythia — gardeninacity

In these unsettling days, acts of kindness and playfulness are doing their part to disperse the coronavirus pall. Around the world, gestures small and large are bringing smiles to faces, providing relief and helping with resolve. Stories of kindness are being shared daily by news outlets as well as by family, social and professional networks. […]

via Scattered Sidewalk Beacons — PlayGroundology

I’ve been trying to write a post, but mostly I’ve sat here looking at the blinking cursor because I’m struggling with something to say. Some bloggers have been energized by the availability of time to post, but I readily admit I’m at the opposite end of that spectrum. Each day just drifts into the next. […]

via Day 29 — NewEnglandGardenAndThread

I’ve been madly sowing seeds during Lockdown, but as as well as planning for annual flowers and veg, I do have some gaps in my garden in want of a few lush perennials. The plant nurseries that I’ve spoken to, having geared up over autumn and winter for spring visitors and the show seasons ahead, […]

via Getting your gardening fix — Out of my shed

A better term is “physical distancing,” which is literally what I have to do when I am working in the front garden and anyone walks by. Rather than tread on April-soggy soil, I retreat down the walkway as it’s the only way to put enough feet between me and the sidewalk. Otherwise, nothing stops me…

via Is social distancing a natural thing for gardeners? — GardenRant

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