Monday, 26 March 2012


Spring has sprung and as it's such a beautiful day I thought I would talk a little about my garden. Now, I am by no means an expert gardener, nor am I anything but a fair weather gardener, and my garden is nothing special. But I do love the spring when the signs of new life start to appear. Living on the Sussex Coast south of the Downs, means that we have chalky soil and in my garden there is little of it. In some places there isn't much more than 5 or 6 inches of top soil before you hit solid chalk with the occasional flint stone. This makes it very hard to grow certain plants. they either thrive or die. I must have spent a fortune over the years on various plants only to have them die on me within weeks. I particularly love shrubs, especially as it means that once they are established I can pretty much ignore them for much of the year and they are quite happy (as am I). Successes in my garden include, Hydrangeas, Weigela, Spirea, Lilac, Myrtle, Viburnum and Philadelphus,  I would love to be able to grow Hollyhocks, Foxgloves and Delphiniums but they are quickly eaten. So my garden is still a work in progress, has been for many years and is likely to remain so.

 A yellow Camelia, grown in a pot as I have the wrong type of soil to grow in the border.

 An ornamental cherry which will soon be in flower.

 This is a dwarf Lilac (not a great photo, I know).

 Roses with new growth.

A Hellebore (I think).

 Blossom trees in my neighbour's gardens.

Found this poking up through the weeds, If anyone knows what it is, please tell me !

 I think this may be one of last years nests.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!


  1. Lovely Spring photos. Possibly a lilac poking through?

  2. You could be right. I planted one there a few years ago but nothing seemed to come of it. Hmmm, will have to keep a close eye on it, thanks :)