I've had this palm for over 20 years now. It was about 60cms high when I got it. I don't want it to get any bigger because it's hard to move as is! The 2nd photo gives a better sense of how it sits within the dining room. I love the lush feel it gives to the room.


Annuals Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' and Eschscholzia 'Ivory Castle', in the garden.

The Eschscholzia (Californian Poppy) is more yellow than I was expecting, but it's so pretty, I'm not complaining. The were all over these plants; such a warm hum when you pass by them.

The Cerinthe make a good cut flower that hang over in a pleasing hook-shaped manner.


I'm Gwenfar, and I love plants. :plantmage6:

P.S. I love sharing other people's plant pics, but I only share those that have image descriptions :)

More Hellebore love. This is Helleborus x hybridus 'Double Ellen Red'.

I grow this in a taller pot so that it's easier to see the flowers. Last seasons foliage was cut back so that you can see the emerging flowers more clearly.


Recipe: Carrot, parsnip & red lentil soup 

I have a glut of parsnip to use up and made this soup today and it's delicious. The sweetness of the carrot and parsnip is complimented by the tang of cumin and garlic. The lentils add protein.

Have put the recipe on my blog: gwenfarsgarden.info/2022/03/ca

One of my favourite Hellebores: Helleborus 'Painted Bunting'.

I have it in a raised bed which makes it easier to see the nodding flowers. :plantmage6:


Crocus 'Gipsy Girl' - a very cheery crocus that flowers from Feb, and is great for early pollinators.


The morning sun on this simple combination of Galanthus (probably nivalis), Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’, and Primula vulgaris, really brings a smile to my face.



Most of the garlic of the 7 of 8 cultivars I grow have sent up the first shoots. As usual, cultivar 'Martin's Heirloom' is behind the rest, usually by 3-4 weeks. Though it's always ready at the same time of the rest when it comes to harvesting in Summer. 🤷‍♀️

Finally managed to spend a few minutes in the garden (1st time for a couple of months), picking some parsnips. Oh my, how big you are!


Happy winter solstice.

Some purple-pink flowering this day in the garden.

1. Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii 'Profusion'
2. Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Rote'
3. Parahebe catarractae blue-flowered
4. Erica carnea 'Eva'


We planted the garlic today! Here it is laid out so I can check the spacing for the 8 varieties I grow, before pushing the cloves into the ground.


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