Wild gladiolus

The Fortnight Garden at the end of May

The Fortnight Garden at the end of May – it is hard to believe we are nearly at the end of the fifth month of the year. In another four weeks we will be half way through 2020, a year which I don’t think anyone will ever forget. The wind has swirled around the garden…

Autumn in Suffolk

The front garden is looking just as abundant as the back garden – in the evening light it looked more like high summer than autumn! There are some late roses – William Shakespeare and Graham Thomas The bed which was replanted in the spring is working! The Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ are marvellously vibrant – I may plant a few more…

David Austin’s ‘William Shakespeare’

My roses are flowering abundantly but the flower heads are so heavy the stems are bending downwards and when I tried to lift and stake I broke a stem. I phoned David Austin and was told that the roses will get stronger as they age, and that I should consider pruning in November, rather than February.…

Evening light

The light at the end of the day has a beautiful quality. The David Austin roses (‘William Shakespeare’ and ‘Graham Thomas’) are heavily in bud, and well-staked and sprayed, so I hope we will have a good show this year after the unkind weather last year. I enjoyed the evening, and the flowers, with a glass…