Fritillaria Meleagris – The Snake’s Head Fritillary

A couple of weeks ago, after months of squelch, The Priory meadow was dry enough to support the weight of the Etesia ride-on mower ... as well as my added bulk sitting on top.  Had I tried to use it before the ground was firm, the Etesia would have carved up the grass like a … Continue reading Fritillaria Meleagris – The Snake’s Head Fritillary

Wildflowers On The South Downs

I'm not terribly fond of petrol mowers at the best of times but when they break-down repeatedly, I think them insufferable.   If only they would listen to reason and I could patiently explain how simple their duties really are. At least a faulty mower induced forced-stop to mowing at The Old Forge gave me a … Continue reading Wildflowers On The South Downs

An End To May

As I walk about the Priory gardens, I am watched. When deep in thought (it happens), I might suddenly look up and be quite startled.  These four made me jump - but then it doesn't take much. Margaret's cattle are part of the summer scene at the Priory; mooing loudly (and often very unnecessarily), drifting … Continue reading An End To May

Poppies On The Downs

A smudge of red has been visible from The Old Forge for over a week. As I worked in the garden, it drew my eye.  The following morning, I decided to go for a closer look. I associate field or common poppies (Papaver rhoeas - should you care), with field margins but this huge expanse … Continue reading Poppies On The Downs

Under Way

I'm rather behind with blogging and as it's been a while since I posted any photos of the Priory, here's a quick, excitable splurge; a brisk whizz about the gardens, showing some photos from the past few weeks. This steep bank below the greenhouses is one of my favourite spots at the Priory. It is … Continue reading Under Way

September Return

September is a favourite month; in fact I'd rank it in my top twelve. The light is sharp and low and the gardens look pretty good with much still in flower.  But there is a chill in the air that promises change. It will soon be time for regular bonfires and leaf raking; time for … Continue reading September Return

An Arum By Any Other Name

Were you to visit The Priory at this time of year, and were I to gently push your nose under bushes and hedges and into shady, damp corners you would certainly notice Arum maculatum. You might not know it by its Latin name but perhaps you call it Lords and Ladies.  Or Cuckoo flower - … Continue reading An Arum By Any Other Name