How d’you like them onions? Scicilian Honey Garlic

It’s been a lovely day winkling out ideas for the garden from a trip to Sissinghurst Castle (more on that another post) and a sudden detour on the way home to Merriments Gardens and Nursery, Hurst Green in East Sussex.

They have some beautiful garden layouts with lots of ideas that can be transferred to your own more modest plot.

I like the way you can wend your way through a variety of garden types. Meadow, dry garden, herbaceous borders, cottage, woodland shade, bog. The choice is many. Seating ideas also give you a chance to sit and enjoy the surroundings. It did cost £7 each which felt a lot but there is much to see and mostly on our own. Lovely!

We were rather taken by these…

Nectaroscordum Siculum. A member of the Aliums better known as Scicilian Honey Garlic.

They looked rather grand in large groups nudging above other green leaves so we popped in to the nursery and bought a couple. A little researched says they’re easy to grow, will self seed around the garden and are fairly disease resistant. Suggestions were even found on using them for self seeding around a wildflower meadow. Hmmm…

Here they are in their new home.

***Miss T***


Year of the Rose

It really has been a cracking year for the roses.


When we moved a year ago May  the roses were a bit straggly and neglected.


I tried to give them some TLC before June arrived but a couple of weeks wasn’t enough to give them the boost they needed.


Autumn/Winter with secateurs in hand I went to it.


I always start gently but then inevitably end up possessed by a pruning madness.


That said it usually is exactly what the roses need.

roses in tree

You can’t be too gentle. They won’t thank you for it.


They will just end up spindly and floppy with ground facing blooms.


This year I took extra time with them.


Lots of watering even though we have had plenty of rain.


A good mulch of compost.


A slug of rose food, dug in gently.


With no labels I haven’t managed to identify them yet. I’m sure I shall discover a few elsewhere on my garden travels.


I have loved to see them flourish this year.


The previous owner may have planted them, and the season has been it’s best for them but I like to think I have nurtured them back to life.



Miss Trug