12 Days of Christmas

Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs Macnamara', Snowdrop

Day 2: Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs Macnamara' For many Christmas may have been a little more low key, minimalist or subdued than usual; perhaps solitary but I hope not lonely. Christmas for the Croft Gardeners is always secular and modest, but perhaps with a touch of hedonism as befits the Winter Festival. Today it is raining… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

A Week of Flowers

wild angelica

Day Three 24 November 2020 Today I am aiming to induce not just a smile, but an enormous grin, as my contribution to Cathy's Week of Flowers. Please join us and help brighten these dark days. Wild Angelica Angelica sylvestris It is a warm July afternoon and I have climbed over the fence into the… Continue reading A Week of Flowers

Autumn Reflections

Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum

Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum All at once summer collapsed into fall - Oscar Wilde How you view the autumn depends whether you see the edge of summer exploding into celebratory firework display of red and gold, gently declining into a melancholia of mists and mellow fruitfulness or a clarion call to prepare for the coming… Continue reading Autumn Reflections

A little of this and too much of that!

Photographing pyramidal orchids - definitely not enough of this! I thought it would be a little presumptuous to peer over the blogging garden wall and announce - "I'm back - remember me?"particularly as I couldn't invite you in for tea and cakes. It is hard to believe that the Croft Garden blog has been left… Continue reading A little of this and too much of that!

Hebridean Nature Notes

Some of you know and some of you probably suspect that I lead a double life, which occasionally leads me astray from the virtuous path of gardening and writing about my garden. Sometimes the temptation to indulge in my other passion becomes overwhelming, sometimes I'm seduced by others, but often I require no encouragement. Living… Continue reading Hebridean Nature Notes