In a vase on Monday


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Hello. I am missing you all.

I should be sharing my vase of flowers from the garden with you this morning and of course linking to our host aka Cathy.

Yet I cannot.

My camera still works, I have seed heads to share and yet no pictures.

WordPress will not allow me to upload any images as I have used up all the allocated amount of space.

For the last two years I have paid for my domain and this year my credit card had expired so they were unable to process the payment. I was told. I was reminded but I was distracted by other stuff and so I missed the deadline. When I finally attempted to update my card details the price had changed from about £35 to £80.

Hold up, that’s expensive. I’m not sure I want to spend that much for this hobby site.

Perhaps I need to delete some of the many, many photos. That should do it. I have backed them up. That’s what I shall do. Once I selected those I wanted least, I was told that they will be deleted permanently from the site and no longer be available to view. So that means that if anyone wanted to read back on an earlier post the images will be gone. Hmm. Does that matter? Does anyone ever look back through posts?

My question to anyone who is still reading and thank you if you are, what should I do? Have you had this problem?

Shall I pay or shall I retire Dorris off early?

Let me know what you think. If you are an Instagram user you can find me and my pictures: digwithdorris1999

Have a good week. D.


In a vase on Monday: is it really October?


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The weather this weekend has been incredible, dry, mild, bright and crunchy, (if weather can be crunchy that is).

I have been raking up barrows full of conkers, leaves, rotting windfalls. So far so Autumn

And yet the mild weather has allowed another flush of roses. A Shropshire Lad, Gertrude Jekyll, the Pilgrim.

Surprisingly there are a few Astrantia in flower and even some Cornflowers.

These roses do not have quite the same strength of smell at this time of the year. The flower heads may droop thanks to their slightly weaker stems yet there is no doubt that these roses are a lovely sight in mid October.

I am joining Cathy and the other regulars with in a vase on Monday. Have a lovely week. D.

Six on Saturday: Day tripper


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I have been lucky enough to take time out to visit some wonderful gardens in the last few weeks.  I rather like gardens in early Autumn as the light levels are lower and plants look wonderfully beautiful.  My six on Saturday are therefore my favourite sightings from those visits.

1. the Salutation garden in Sandwich Kent.  A wonderful garden set out by the one and only Edwin Lutyens which suffered years of neglect but thankfully is now {since 2006} under the superb control of Head Gardener, Steve Edney.  The place is a feast for the eyes with collections of exotics in a quintessential English garden.



2. In contrast to the exotics is a more traditional English look thanks to avenues of trees and Box columns in The Salutation Garden.




3. Great Dixter in Northiam East Sussex. A sublime house (Grade 1 listed)  and garden built by Edwin Lutyens.  Formerly home to Christopher Lloyd it is now held in Trust under the incredible stewardship of Head Gardener Fergus Garrett.  Famous for so many reasons, I absolutely love this garden.  This year I loved the juxtaposition of succulents and cacti planted amidst the Erigeron on the historic stone steps.


The Exotic garden was jungle like this year.


4. Just a couple of examples of the striking use of colour at Great Dixter.




5. Piet Oudolf at Hummelo The Netherlands.  The private garden of Piet and Anja Oudolf is open for the final year until 27 October 2018.  Not wanting to miss the opportunity to see this for myself I made the trip to Holland this month.  It did not disappoint.  The flat, open, rural setting of the garden has been secured and enclosed by tall walls of hedging.  Within the space, vast plantings of those perennials which Oudolf has almost single handedly made familiar to us all.  Stunningly beautiful.






6. Some wonderful trees in the garden at Hummelo provided scent thanks to the exquisite tree Claredondron trichotomum a tree that I had not seen or even heard of before.  That is why it is so good to visit other gardens, to learn and be inspired and of course to have a jolly good day out!


So for today I have shared three wonderful gardens with you and offered more than six images but hey I am feeling full of ideas and want to show you just a snippet of what I saw.  I am joining the Propogator with this entitled Six on Saturday. Enjoy.


In a Vase on Monday: stripes


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Seeking out a spot in direct sunlight first thing, I placed my bottle with flowers on a serviette, not so much because it has stripes but because the green is similar to Hydrangea Annabelle.

As I snapped my pictures on the phone I realised the stripes from the blinds were casting shadows.

The rose is The Pilgrim which has a faint rose scent. Planted next to the shasta daisies, I like how the rose colour picks out the yellow centre of the daisies and blends with the green of the Hydrangea .

So that’s it, my selection on this the 1 October. Joining our host Cathy Have a good day. D.