1 February 2017

In early Winter i had over 200 bearded iris arrive in the most beautiful packed box i have ever seen, each one wrapped individually and neatly named. A mix of colours, which i have planted above the dahlia border. We cant wait to see and smell them in the summer.

This particular morning was a frosty one with amazing skies that created an incredible pink light looking down the valley and across the garden was beautiful. I think it has to be one of the most magical times of the year.

Its Wednesday evening and percy is on the table wanting to play and Mavis sound asleep on the sofa, the house is filled with the smell of more marmalade boiling on the AGA. I hope your having a Fabulous week.

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  1. scott says:

    hi charlie, looks like good weather to be indoors making marmalade. Love the dining room photo and the shot of the frosty garden, the big pumpkin seems to be lasting well and providing a shot of colour amongst the monochrome! we are having a very windy summer in Tasmania and have succumbed to cutting down the last of our 16 silver birch trees, due to the nightmare that their bursting seed clusters induced…garden looks very bare! cant wait for the new trees to go in and fill the gaps!

    • Charlie McCormick says:

      The perfect Marmalade making weather. Thanks so much for writing. The pumpkin has now made its way to the compost and i am about to dig a hole for the new one to start getting the soil prepared for the spring. The new tress will look fab and sound really exciting. I long to visit Tasmania one day. Hope your week is going well. Best and many thanks Charlie

    • scott says:

      Charlie yes, do visit Tasmania. It’s a weird and sometimes wonderful place! You would need a week or so to do the main bits but I’m sure you and Ben would enjoy the sights, cheers Scott

  2. Hilary says:

    Dear Charlie, Oh my goodness!! when I remembered what bearded iris look like and your inspired planting of them above the dahlia border, well, talk about thrills from Dorset, I just can’t wait for summer. Wonderful pictures of the garden bathed in pink light. Thanks for posting.

    • Charlie McCormick says:

      Dear Hilary. Thank you, thank you. Its very exciting to think of the iris this summer. It may need an edit for the following but its really going to be thrilling. Hope your having a lovely week. Thank-you for writing. Charlie x

  3. Mike says:

    Utterly charming! I can’t wait to see your new iris borders.

    • Charlie McCormick says:

      Dear Mike, Thanks for your kind words. Im very excited about the iris garden… lets hope most of them flower this year. Hope your having a great week


  4. Kevin says:

    Wonderful pictures and hope the blog continues.
    Our intentions for gardening over the past weekend were quickly ended by what seemed like endless rain but there is always next weekend.

    • Charlie McCormick says:

      Dear Kevin, Thank-you for your sweet comment. Its very kind of you to write. I hope the rain clears this weekend, as I’m also very keen to get out into the garden. Best and hope your having a great week. Charlie

  5. Marilyn Snell says:

    Your photos are so lovely, Charlie. The light and shadows are so beautiful. I am determined to try making some marmalade this year! Looking forward to all of your blog posts and of course pictures of your glorious garden and floral arrangements! My garden always brings me such joy in almost every season. In Canada our growing season is so much shorter, but throughout the spring and summer and early fall my garden is lovely. Do you have many David Austin roses?

    • Charlie McCormick says:

      Thank-you so much Marilyn. Yes please do make some Marmalade, the hardest bit is getting started but then it is really quick after that.
      Its lovely to hear how much joy your garden gives you – i could not agree more. I have planted a few David Austin Roses last year so hoping they will give a good show this year. Its hard to keep them from getting black spot etc.. as we don’t use spray but thats okay. Have you got any DA? Thank you and best Charlie x

  6. Emma says:

    A lovely read, thank you.

  7. Robyn says:

    Another lovely read Charlie. I adore bearded iris too. The perfume is amazing. I am tidying mine up and cutting back ready for next season in the 40 degree heat of Adelaide. Your misty days are enviable. All the best. Robyn.

  8. Lisa says:

    I stumbled upon your blog today, and I must say I am so glad that I did! Your photos are gorgeous as is your garden. Here in the Smoky Mountains my garden has already begun to spring to life. This really is the most wonderful time of year. The seed catalogs are arriving, and I am daydreaming of the possibilities. I know you are familiar with this. I feel like gardeners are kindred spirits! I am looking forward to your future posts. All the best.

    • Charlie McCormick says:

      Thank-you for your lovely words. It makes me happy to hear such kind thoughts.
      It is the best time of the year, i love when all the seeds start arriving and finally we can almost begin to planting.
      Best and many thanks Charlie

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