Hearts stitch journal, 15 June 2018


Another dull start, though the sun is breaking through intermittently now. It’s still very cold for June. Nevertheless, without fail every year, spirea japonica ‘Goldflame’ flowers under our west window. I planted this some 20 years ago and this year was planning to remove it to another part of the garden but I discovered a blue-tit’s nest in the wall… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 11 June 2018


A cool, grey, foggy morning but fortunately not actually raining as we took our walk round the orchard today. Most of the roses are out now, other than Kiftsgate, including this one, Veilchenblau, which forms an archway opposite Dentelles de Maline and purple elder. A rather open, semi-double rose, it has a sweet lemony scent that attracts the bees from… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 09 June 2018


Posting late today, as we lost power due to thunderstorms. The morning has been a roiling, pealing, cracking sort of day, with a shivering dog having to be dosed up on Zylkene. It was a bit lighter when we walked around the orchard, me in big wellies and ankle-length raincoat as the rain siled down. But even in the pouring… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 08 June 2018


Awoke early to a lovely peach and lemon dawn but then the fog rolled in and I took a golden, backlit, misty walk through an atmospheric garden today. Scrambling over a buddleia bush in the lower orchard is this rose, Rosa Multiflora. A species rose, it’s the parent of all the multiflora hybrid ramblers and is often found surviving in… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 07 June 2018


Another dull, misty day, though marginally less dark. The roses are hanging their heads from the rain now, the grass a mass of yellow, white and pink petals. The biggest rose in our garden is this one – Paul’s Himalayan Musk. A rambler of cherry-blossom beauty, it is now some 15ft high and 20ft wide and creates a massive wall… Read more »