Geranium psilostemonI’ve always found Geranium psilostemon a vibrant, uplifting plant to have in the garden. Fellow blogger Veronica visited recently, and wrote a lovely post appreciating the combination of this intense pink against the acid yellow of Euphorbia palustris, now happily self-seeded throughout the garden.

Geranium psilostemon sport

Sipping an early morning coffee, I was delighted to see that this Geranium had also started dotting itself around, but although retaining the same colour and dark inner markings, the petals have morphed into an entirely different shape.

I’m completely charmed by this variant. Gaps between the petals, accentuated by the now revealed green sepals, add an even more joyous nature to this already lively bloom. I’m going to see if I can take some cuttings as I love this new form and try to remember to collect seeds for further experimentation.


On a rather different, but equally exciting note, The Chelsea Fringe continues this week up until Sunday 8th. There are still plenty of horticultural happenings to go and visit (mostly free!) and I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Wendy Shillam’s rooftop garden which is open Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June, 1-6pm. She’s growing oodles of veg right in the heart of London (Great Titchfield Street) and I can’t wait to see it all!



German Lanhshan bantam chickenThe Edible Gardening Show kicks off today and continues all day on Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be talking throughout, alongside many others: James Wong, Pippa Greenwood and Christine Walkden for starters, and they’ll be gardening demonstrations and cookery talks aplenty too.

This is the show’s first year at Alexandra Palace in London (having moved from Coventry) and I can’t wait to visit the chickens again, as well as stock up on seeds, groovy wellies, herbs and loads more. Hope to see you there!


 Snowdrops on the Avon Bulbs standI don’t often write personal blogs, but my lovely husband Des died unexpectedly this weekend and posts may be erratic for a while to come.

I’m planning on planting snowdrops where his ashes will be scattered, and although he wasn’t a keen gardener, I’ll be able to sit with a cup of coffee and cake (cake being one of his true loves in life!) and think of him at snowdrop time in the years ahead.

RIP Des 1962-2014


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