These aristocrats of the woodland garden are native to Europe and western Asia. They bloom in early winter in mild climates and in late winter or early spring where the soil freezes hard. They require a moist but well-drained site under the shade of trees. Mine too is under a huge Douglas Fir. This year all my Hellebore are doing fine, and in full bloom…







Happy new week  🙂



Pink, Girly Greetings



I greet you not with girly giggles but with a smile. It’s weekend: time to relax and to switch off PC, laptop, iPad, iPhone, or  whatever gadget you are connecting the outside world with. At least this is what I am going to do now. Outside I hear the soft rain, my ayes are aching, it’s almost dinner time… I hope you are having a lovely Saturday, enjoying nature, and the company…

Happy weekend 🙂







Lunaria (common name honesty) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Brassicaceae, native to central and southern Europe. It includes 3 species, the annual or biennial L. annua (syn. L. biennis), the perennial L. rediviva. and the rare Balkan species Lunaria telekiana

The Latin name Lunaria means “moon-like” and refers to the decorative seedpods

They have hairy toothed leaves and terminal racemes of white or violet flowers in Spring and Summer, followed by prominent, translucent, disc-shaped seedpods, which are frequently seen in flower arrangements.

They are widely grown as ornamental plants in gardens, and have become naturalised in many temperate areas away from their native habitat.




Happy Floral Friday 🙂



Abutilon ‘Canary Bird’

An easy shrub with sunny yellow flowers that are produced all through the winter sounds like a dream come true. The only catch is that for Abutilon ‘Canary Bird’ to perform like this you need a conservatory, light porch or spacious window.




Abutilons are easy and vigorous. They are hardy to -5C, and so are ideal for a cool conservatory or a sheltered south-facing wall. Mine grows in a cool conservatory, and I am very happy with this wonderful plant!