Tagged: flower

Lavender – and the Lost Art of Plant Stroking

Whenever I walk past a house with lavender bushes growing, especially when in bloom, I just get this craving – an absolute desire, an uncontrollable urge to… stroke it! To run my hands across the surface and to, perhaps, gently squeeze part of the flowers between my fingers – to then walk away knowing I have the intoxicating scent of fresh lavender upon my hands. I’m guessing that I am not the only one. But it’s not just lavender that does this to me. Most herbs will – mint, bay, basil, chive, tea-tree, lemon balm… the list is endless… And then there’s the more tactile plants that have a hint of fur upon them, or the fly-catching plant that curls up its fronds if it...

Sunshade Weather and Umbrella Gardening

It’s been a definite sun-shade day today here in the UK. We only get about 5 days a year like this, so it’s a debate whether you sweat it out and turn bright red while you can, or whether you go for the sensible sun-shade option. If you haven’t got a sunshade option, then my review on sunshades (click here) will give you some ideas and pointers on what to look for and the styles available. Although not exactly about sun-shades, thinking of these has reminded me of my Grandma and her beautiful garden and her umbrella. Grandma’s Garden Grandma’s garden had some of the most exotic, rare and gorgeous flower examples you could wish to see. I’m sure that it would have been amazing...