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Paeonies / Peonies

Whichever way you spell it, these are gorgeous flowers. A highlight of springtime in any garden

And they also look good in black and white

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Spring flowers

That time of year when everything bursts into life and there are flowers and bright colours everywhere

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Blossom time

My favourite thing about Spring is watching the blossoms come out on the fruit trees. Beautiful in their own right but also a promise of things to come.

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What the well-dressed rose is wearing this summer

Live spiders – the latest must-have accessory in botanical circles ūüôā


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Hosta in black and white

Taken in the garden. I’m really pleased with this photo – and that doesn’t happen often!

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Roses in December

Anything is possible



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How to crochet a simple flower


I’ve been experimenting with crocheted flowers recently, as I have a couple of keen crochet students who are interested in making flowers. it’s also a good way to use up small amounts of leftover yarn. Here’s a design I came up with. You can use any yarn and any size hook – thicker or thinner yarn and hooks will give a different size flower.


ch = chain

tr – treble crochet stitch

scr – single crochet stitch

dcr – double crochet stitch


Make a slipknot and ch 6.

Join to make a circle.

Ch 7 (counts as first tr and ch3)

(tr, ch3) 7 times into the circle, join to 4th ch of beginning chain.

(3scr, 2dcr, 3scr) Into each ch3 space around.

Fasten off

Congratulations! You have now crocheted your flower.

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KoŇ°ice’s botanic gardens


The botanic gardens are a little way outside the city centre, but easily accessible by bus – although when you get off the bus you have to look hard to see the signs. I spent a happy afternoon there wandering among the plants and trees. I was particularly impressed by their collection of chilli plants – who knew there were black chillis! A small herd of goats – and one sheep – were wandering around chewing everything they could get close enough to, and they added a certain charm, as did some chickens. Very good value for just 2 Euros admission fee – and 1 Euro extra for a pass to take photos.

Gardens 1

Gardens 2

Gardens 3

Gardens 4

Gardens 5


In an overgrown garden

In KoŇ°ice – the colour really caught my eye





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Late May in the garden






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