Can you imagine York Minster made out of flowers? #York #Yorkshire

Can you imagine York Minster made out of flowers?

This fascinating film clip from 1952 shows you how it’s done!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

You might also like:

1930s Dream Home

1950s dream home

Book of the Day

Camellia update

The buds on my camellia are bursting open.

26 flowers at the last count and plenty of buds remaining.

I shall not bother wrapping the plant in fleece for the winter ever again.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Hope you have a great May Day Bank Holiday weekend and if you want to get lost in a book, try Leefdale.

Leefdale #Kindle #KindleUnlimited

Leefdale

 

 

Six months of special flowers

Today, a round up of monthly special flowers.

December

Which flower do you like best for December?

holly
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/holly-berries-christmas-leaves-348297/

January

January’s special flower

carnations
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/red-carnations-perennial-floral-72691/

February

A Room with a View of Violets in February

violets
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/micsunele-violet-flower-spring-2154969/

March

I wandered lonely as a cloud in March!

daffodils
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/daffodils-flowers-bloom-yellow-2093307/

April

April’s Special Flower

daisies
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/flowers-plants-nature-summer-3275456/

May

And for this month of May: another lovely lily of the valley image.

lily of the valley
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/on-wood-may-lily-of-the-valley-1975939/

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

You might also like:

Is my camellia going to flower after all?

Like a garden full of weeds

C&S pink
Only 99p http://amzn.eu/8fIEGfe

 

Which flower do you like best for December?

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac founded in 1792

in the USA the special flower for the month of December is either holly or the narcissus.

narcissus
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/narcissus-flowers-white-flowers-1235745/
holly-2865955_1920
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/holly-shrub-green-red-nature-2865955/

The Interflora website for UK

identifies holly as the December floral treat in the UK.

holly
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/holly-berries-christmas-leaves-348297/

But Battle House of Flowers

shows the poinsettia as December’s special bloom.

poinsettia
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/poinsettia-leaves-flowers-red-1461262/

While Flower Press

sticks with the narcissus for the UK too.

narcissus
image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/flower-blossom-bloom-narcissus-737006/

I think they’re all beautiful flowers

but for Christmas I usually buy a poinsettia from the garden centre and pick a few sprigs of holly out of the garden to stick around the picture frames.

How about you? Any preferences?

Thanks for reading my blog today.

You might also like Camellia Day update

Please check out the Book of the Day at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com/

 

 

 

Camellia Day update

Back in May, just five days before my health problems commenced, I promised an update after unwrapping my potted camellia from its winter fleece.

Now I’ve returned to 3sixtyfiveblog, here’s the update!

Absolutely disappointing.

Not a single further bloom appeared.

I downloaded the photo on this post from Pixabay but my own plant was virtually bare.

In autumn last year it took me ages to wrap the plant in its winter fleece. Not helped by trying to cocoon it on a rather breezy day! I used a whole bag of washing line pegs to keep the fleece in place plus half a ball of garden string. And some very expensive fleece from the local garden centre.

All to no avail!

Needless to say, it won’t be happening this year. The plant can take its chances with the rest of our shrubs, bushes and pot plants. Since I’ve been having chemotherapy, I’ve had to pass all gardening jobs over to my husband, Michael. He says the best part of gardening is when you’ve finished! He’s handy with the strimmer and doesn’t really differentiate between the plants that are supposed to be in the garden and those that are unwelcome. Several of last year’s perennials have gone the same way as the entwining bindweed, burgeoning buttercups and stinging nettles which took over much of the garden when neither of us had any interest in it. I’m happy to have wild flowers in the garden but not when the most robust dominate and take over. We had a fine crop of four foot high thistles this summer which were starkly dramatic but challenging to remove.

I doubt that we’ll see any flowers on the camellia next year. The buds seem to be so susceptible to frost damage but who knows? I hope I’ll be able to let you know!

Thanks for reading my blog today and hope you’re having a great day.

You might also like September Song on my Cabbage and Semolina Blog.

 

How will climate change affect your garden?

Although I’ve read a great deal about climate change

and worry about it a lot,

I’ve never given any particular thought as to how climate change will affect our garden.

I live in a chalky area where the soil drains quickly even after the heaviest of downpours. I haven’t planted anything very delicate apart from my potted camellia. I’m just as happy for wild flowers to live in our little space  alongside anything we’ve planted there.

But a few days ago I read an article which raised the question for me.

Climate change could transform gardens says BBC Science editor, David Shukman.

Shukman reports on 90 year old Jean Combes. She’s been keeping records of the dates when certain trees in her locality come into bud. She’s recorded this for over fifty years and she’s found that the trees at her Surrey home burst into leaf about three weeks earlier than they did in 1960.

The city of Northampton, Shukman explains,

is right on the divide between two distinct climate zones. Residents of the north of the city find that their lawns don’t need cutting as frequently as those who live in the south of Northampton. It’s been like this for decades but now the more northerly residents are finding they need to cut the grass much more in early Spring and late Autumn.

In some areas excess rain is causing huge problems for gardeners

while in other areas reduced water is creating just as many difficulties. Increasingly violent, stormy weather can be devastating and an excess of strong winds is highly problematic.

The director of the Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate, Paul Cook,

told Shukman that it was more and more important to keep watch on the highly changeable weather conditions. “My biggest worry,” says Cook, “is that these major weather events do such a huge amount of damage to the garden.” However, he’s not completely pessimistic believing that there could be opportunities to grow a wider range of plants.

We’re not planning any great changes in our garden this year.

A neighbour has recently removed a giant double Leylandii which has transformed the garden by letting in so much more light. I just want to observe the effect this has on everything that’s already growing in our garden.

So far the greatest beneficiaries of the increased light levels are the dandelions which are in profusion at the moment. The lilac tree is more heavily laden with flowers than ever before, presumably because it’s now in direct sunshine instead of the Leylandii shade. It will be interesting to see what else grows stronger or proliferates as we move into summer.

Actually, we were delighted when the Leylandii was removed.

In high winds it lashed from side to side and we were anxious about our fate if one night we were sleeping and an extra gust of wind brought it down on top of the roof. But once we’ve become accustomed to the increased light levels, we’ll have to start thinking about what we need to do to cope with climate change in our garden too.

Thanks for visiting 3sixtyfive Blog and hope you find some other posts to interest you.

Today’s book promo:

MAGNIFICENT BRITAIN

http://amzn.to/QU83Mn

“Warning! This book is seriously addictive!”

“Right until the very end, everything is not as it seems.”

“The reader witnesses changing times, changing attitudes and entire lives that are shattered with secrets and deceit.”

 

 

Blueberries: a great porridge topper and good for you too!

Porridge is a great way to start the day

especially with a healthy topper.

Sometimes I include a drizzle of honey and occasionally a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Today I added a few blueberries to my porridge and they were delicious.

I know that a handful of blueberries make a great contribution to your 5-a-day. The NHS website spells out the benefits by asking are blueberries a superfood?

According to the NHS, some nutritionists believe that if you make only one change to your diet it should be to add blueberries.

Blueberries are valued for their high levels of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are a type of molecule that can neutralise free radicals, which are a type of unstable and highly reactive species of molecule. I’m no scientist so if you want to understand more you’ll have to read this NHS page.

Alison Hornby is a dietitian and spokesperson for the British Diabetic Association. She told the NHS researcher that the health claims for blueberries were inconclusive but that blueberries make a fantastic choice as one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

And I agree with that!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

You might also like Who’s been eating my porridge?

Today’s book promo:

Julia’s Room

Meet Alan: he was tone deaf, sang like a dog but he had a feeling he could write.

Follow this link to find out more and read a free sample: http://amzn.to/2o676Ve

5 Yorkshire Walled Gardens worth visiting.

I love walled gardens and each of these is worth a visit.

Sledmere House, Grounds and Gardens

http://www.sledmerehouse.com/

We visit Sledmere House, Grounds and Gardens regularly as we have annual Gold Tickets which gives free admission after the initial visit.

The walled garden is a delight and ever changing but this walkway is one of our favourites.

The walled garden at Sledmere House
Sledmere June 2015

Burton Agnes Hall

http://www.burtonagnes.com/

We made our first visit to Burton Agnes Hall in the mid-1980s and it’s been a pleasure to watch the garden develop over the years. There’s a maze in the northeast corner of the walled garden which was planted in 1990. We saw the maze for the first time shortly after it was planted with 700 yew bushes. It’s a pity we didn’t make a note of the layout because now the hedges are so thick, once you’re in it’s hard to find your way out.

Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens
Burton Agnes June 2014

Castle Howard

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/

This photograph was taken during our first visit to Castle Howard in 2006. We’ve been back several times since and find new delights on each visit.

Castle Howard
Castle Howard August 2006

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

http://www.sewerbyhall.co.uk/

One of my most vivid childhood memories is seeing for the first time the monkey puzzle trees at Sewerby Hall. They’re still there; just taller! The walled garden at Sewerby Hall is a blaze of colour in the summer and the rose garden is bee-heaven.

Sewerby Hall
Sewerby Hall August 2013

Scampston

http://www.scampston.co.uk/

We’ve only visited Scampston on a couple of occasions, most recently in 2009. The garden is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf. The garden opened to the public in 2005 and features a modern, perennial meadow planted alongside more traditional areas.

Scampston Hall
Scampston June 2009

I’m sure we’ll be visiting these beautiful walled gardens again soon. But there are so many other walled gardens in Yorkshire that we haven’t been to look at yet. Top of the list is the walled garden at Helmsley ; and the gardens at Newby Hall look fabulous too.

We visited Sledmere walled garden a few weeks ago. In the main grounds it was the height of the daffodil season and there were carpets of primroses under the trees.

The walled garden was cleared and ready for the new season. This is the same walkway as the first photograph in my blogpost; just from the opposite direction.

Sledmere House and Gardens
Sledmere March 2017

The vegetable garden was waiting to be planted:

Sledmere House and Gardens
Sledmere March 2017

And this path to the summer house will be a blaze of colour later in the year, I’m sure.

Sledmere House and Gardens
Sledmere March 2017

 

Sledmere House and Gardens
Sledmere August 2014

Thanks for visiting my blog today. There’s more to read here.

 

5 Easy-to-Grow Perennials

My garden is quite small and more than half is covered in gravel. This is because our house was constructed about fifteen years ago on a brown-field site which was used by agricultural machine engineers for decades. Some parts of the site were solid concrete and just gravelled over.

The part of the garden which is soil is of poor quality and very chalky. As a fairly lazy gardener I keep things basic and simple. Last year I decided to re-plant one of the flower beds and I looked on gardening websites for plants which were easy to grow and would make a comeback each year.

I also wanted plants which were attractive to bees and butterflies.

These are five of the plants I selected. They seemed to settle in well last Autumn and are already starting to show signs of growth.

1. Geranium

bloody-geranium-1428293_1280

 

2. Astrantia

flower-643439_1280

3. Echinacea

coneflower-1578545_1280

4. Gaura

bee-2170878_1280

5. Scabious

glossy-scabious-1383821_1280

My colour theme for the flower bed is cream, white and shades of pink.

I planted:

4 pink Geraniums

3 cream Astrantia

3 dark pink Echinacea

3 white Echinaceas

3 white Gaura

3 dark pink Scabious

3 pale pink Scabious.

I bought the geraniums from a local farm shop and the others from an on-line plant supplier. They were delivered as well established plants in 9cm pots and all survived the journey as the packaging was very good.

Hopefully in the Summer there will be a good display of flowers and lots of bees and butterflies.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

If you have a few minutes to spare you might like to check out my publishing website too. It’s at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com