Gardening, My Diary

Thinking about the garden

I do an awful lot ot thinking about my garden! Recentlly I've been having thoughts about what Gilles Clement calls "Les vagabondes" and everyone else calls weeds. Rather than real weeds from somewhere over the fence, although that particular exchange tends to take place but in the opposite direction, I' m thinking about plants which… Continue reading Thinking about the garden

Gardening, My Diary, Seasons

Lighten up!

After my last post, I really think we need to lighten up, what say you? There's lightness in the night air here in Lesmo. After maybe 3/4 years' wait, one of my Brugmanias has flowered. Champagne occasion! I bought 3 of them from Hayloft's remembering the 3 beautiful trees (then called Datura in my old… Continue reading Lighten up!

Gardening, My Diary, Seasons

All over bar the shouting!

Christmas comes, Christmas goes, so does the New Year. And do we ever say anything interesting or original about them? Does anyone? No, just same old , same old. The usual litany of daft diets, of vows to be healthier , of New Year's Resolutions to break forthwith. But, we are having wonderful weather,  frosty… Continue reading All over bar the shouting!


Cold and Frosty mornings.

My body hates these cold and frosty mornings, it feels stiff and anything but supple! But my eyes don't. When I look out of the window and see the blackened branches against a lurid sky, I'm reminded of the Yugoslav naifs.My ex loved these paintings so much that I actually painted one for him! Mine… Continue reading Cold and Frosty mornings.

My Diary, Seasons

The joys of learning!

On Saturday I went to the garden centre to join a group making a Christmas  arrangement. I love doing these things, it's the one time I feel truly immersed in what I'm doing, in the moment, in the flow. It's an ideal situation, losing yourself among the pine needles and cones, deciding if gold is… Continue reading The joys of learning!

My Diary, Seasons


We are having a wonderful October here in Northern Italy. I KNOW I'm supposed to say it's unseasonably  hot, worry about global warming and so on...but I just want to let up for a moment or two and enjoy the sun, the garden sounds and smells. We never seem to be" in the moment". I'm… Continue reading October



Today I went to Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo to the annual flower kermesse that is Orticolario. It was a lovely day, just warm enough with a fresh breeze off the lake. There were plenty of exhibitors including foreign ones ; I saw several French and a Belgian stand and some new entries, one  of which… Continue reading Orticolario


Autumn’s coming.

I guess we are starting to think about Autumn although most of us still have at least one foot still back in the holidays. We were smarter, fitter and maybe even happier then weren't we? And as far as I can make out, Autumn fashion is colluding with the approaching season to dampen our spirits. Blacks,  greys,… Continue reading Autumn’s coming.