This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Clashy or sassy

Pink and red... clash or sass?
Crocosmia bulbs (insert below) are good value as they multiply every year and produce loads of flowers. Pictured with a traditional  rose shrub planted by previous owners (not sure of variety). They both put on a good show every summer. 

Variety: Crocosmia Lucifer. Height: 100cm (3ft). Spread: 60cm. Time to divide plants: March to May. Flowering period: August to Sept.

The tree at the far right corner of the photo above is a dwarf tree called - Harry Lauder's Walking Stick. Its leaves are crinkled in summer (pictured above). Its best feature is in winter; it loses its leaves and has catkins (left winter insert).


  1. You mean that tree on the right actually blooms in winter? That is unusual! I like the pink and red together--In nature all colors are beautiful!

  2. I don't really like how the tree looks in summer. In winter it loses all the leaves, showing its twisted limbs and develops winter catkins that hang down.