Saturday, 31 May 2014

New Roses

A few weeks ago, after shuffling some plants and getting rid of tired out ones, I found the room to fit in two more David Austin Roses.

These are both highly fragrant but their blooms are different sizes. The first is Abraham Darby whose first bloom is so heavy for its stem (rain not withstanding), I have had to prop it up on another bud:
The second rose, with a small flower and paler green leaves, is a Bourbon rose Louise Odier:
This brings the total of rose bushes in my front gravel garden to 8, 5 of which are the highly fragrant David Austin type. Of the 3 non-fragrant, one has scarlet flowers and was bought in error as it should have been fragrent but we haven't the heart to throw it away.

Another, we dug up from my MiL's garden when she died. It has pale pink flowers - we believe it to be 43 years old.

DB sent her some flowers in December 1971! When they had finished blooming, she cut off the base of the stems and just pushed them into the ground. Out of the bunch, just one took and this is the one we now have. Every year we think it is on its last legs and being under a thick layer of gravel, it doesn't get given anything other than a handful of either Blood, Fish and Bone or Chicken Pellets each year!

The final one Wedding Anniversary, has white flowers and was given to us as an Anniversary present by the couple whose house we had rented for a weekend many years ago.

Many of the rose blooms have rotted due to too much rain, but once clipped off, the bushes should recover and send out some new ones.


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Flora at Hunstanton

Decided not to show pictures of the beach and dunes at Old Hunstanton, I have shown those many times before. Instead, photographs of the wild flowers were taken: This first one is Bog Asphodel or Yellow Rattle

Southern Marsh Orchid?
Bird's Foot Trefoil in with Yellow Rattle:
All mixed together:
All in all, a lovely walk, topped off with lunch at The Beach Cafe!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Front Garden

The Oriental Poppies, Iris and Aqualegia have burst into life, bringing needed colour to the circle part of the front gravel garden:
The rest of it, is full to the brim with greenery, awaiting its turn to bloom and change the colour. Similar things are growing and blooming around all four sides to this circle. All roses, including the newly planted David Austin ones, are in full bud and should open shortly.

Don't you just love Spring and early Summer:)

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Thetford Forest

For our walk this week, we drove over to Thetford Forest, the largest remaining pine/mixed forest left in Britain apparently. It is certainly big and straddles parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

We finally started walking about 10.55am in the area we had chosen, Risbeth Woods, and within a few minutes of the car park, found ourselves surrounded by green:
What we hadn't realised, was that the Forestry Commission were doing work in our particular area of forest and had closed down most of the red route that we wanted to walk in, see the post on the right covered in a bin bag?

They had put up diversion signs but eventually, like you do, we found ourselves in an area with no sings at all. Completely lost we walked in one direction until we could hear the road, then headed towards the sound.

Our anticipated 4.2mile walk, eventually turned into just over 6 miles, including the long, hard walk along the edge of the busy A road, where cars were doing a minimum of 60 mph and some not bothering to move away from us. We were hot, bothered and just a little anxious by the time we found the car park again.

We were parked quite close to the remains of the Thetford Warren Lodge, built circa 1400. It was built to protect game keepers and hunting parties from armed poachers. Later on, it was used by the Warrener and his family, who harvested the rabbit population. It is owned by English Heritage and you can read about it here

It was closed for our visit but we did take a couple of pictures, from one side:
Then through the locked gate, to see the wonderful fireplace that would have been used to keep the family warm upstairs. There was a smaller, no-nonsense one just coming into view downstairs:
We drove off to Great Cressingham to eat at one of our favourite haunts, The Windmill.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Sheringham Park

Although we have done this walk before, I still love to photograph and show the wonderful flowers on show. Rhododendrons and Azalea's in various colours, in full, fading and beginning stages:

The little yellow one at the end of this picture, is in fact an Azalea with the most delicious heavy scent, something similar to Freesia or Carnations.
We took the red route and walked down the slope to pay another visit to Weybourne Station, mid-station between Sheringham and Holt. Steam train just arriving with a diesel waiting to go out:
We spent 30 minutes here, having sandwiches and coffee, using the most lovely toilets before carrying on. Just near us was a Collared dove in a very artistic nest.
There were also house martins nesting but they were too high up for my camera to get a decent picture. Leaving the station, we carried on with the red route, walking the other half of it. A beautiful lane with bluebells amassed along its edges:
As we walked along this, to our left we heard the steam whistle go and managed to see the train coming back:
Then we came into another area of the park, near Sheringham Hall, and walked through a lovely field full of buttercups, clover and other delicate little flowers:
Finally, after 2 hours and a half hour stop, we arrived back at the car. The walks was around 5 miles, so time wise, not too bad at all.

Monday, 5 May 2014


Looking out of the front room window this morning, I noticed one of my oriental poppies had opened:
So I took my camera out to snap some other newly opened flowers - some self seeded yellow poppies:
One of dozens of self seeded Aquiligea: 
 Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' with some Iris:

Some self seeded Snapdragon down the driveway:

It was only a short while ago that we planted a new clematis around the oil tank, it is growing well:

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Foxley Wood again...

Not so many photographs as we have been here twice before. This time though, we had T. with us again.
Lots of visitors, far more than we have seen on previous visits. The scent of bluebells was only just on the air. All the flowers on each stem were fully open so we think they are nearly finished.
This was one of my favourite patches, a mix of blue bluebells and white stitchwort:

All in all, a lovely if short walk. We went to Reepham Station for lunch (now defunct but has a fantastic cafe and workshops).