Six on Saturday: End of the heatwave

It was too hot to do much in the garden this week apart from sit in the shade watching the plants frazzle and watering where I could in the evening. Now it has cooled down I will survey the damage – lots of things have gone over prematurely. The sweet peas seemed to like the…

Six on Saturday: Midsummer magic

Titania, Bottom and all the fairies will come out tonight as we have reached the midpoint of the year, the summer solstice and the garden is become a place of magic. So join The Propagator and his troupe of rude theatricals as they show off their horticultural wares. Without further ado here are six scenes…

Six on Saturday: From slugs to sunshine 🌞

Yay it’s sunny today! I think the garden was glad of all that rain but I didn’t enjoy it much. The plus side is that everything is looking lush which is a nice place to be in mid June. The slugs and snails have been having a whale of a time. I planted out my…

Six on Saturday: June already?

How did we get to June? The year is rushing by in a swirl of mixed emotions – I believe they call it the Corona-coaster – but as ever the garden provides solace. More than ever this year I am grateful for this wonderful meme which provides an opportunity to document the weekly changes in…

Six on Saturday: Rainbow garden

Rainbows have become a symbol of our times and in this unprecedented sunny spring our garden has come out in glorious technicolour. Each week The Propagator asks us to show six things from our gardens and this week I hope to capture the riot of colour. 1. Front garden allotment The front garden where I…

Six on Saturday: What’s your poison?

There are many garden plants which are poisonous. Some when ingested by people or animals. Others, like Euphorbia, contain an irritant sap which can be toxic to the skin. With children playing in our garden I try to avoid these as far as possible, but sometimes they self sow. We have lots of Arum maculatum…

Six on Saturday

In true British bank holiday style I spent yesterday tidying our patio. It had become rather disgusting over the winter and was not helped by the fact that I was brewing some foul smelling comfrey tea there. Now the comfrey tea has been fed to the raised beds and I have swept and weeded although…

Six on Saturday: Lights, camera, action!

The most exciting thing that has happened this week is I got a new iPhone 11 so I have been trying out the camera on this week’s six. It has a rather exciting zoom function which is perfect for snapping plants. Do join in with The Propagator who invites us to feature six things from…

Six on Saturday: Flower burst

Another week of glorious sunshine 🌞 and everything in the garden is about to burst into flower. Peonies are about to pop, roses are about to ravish. The highlight of the week was joining a Zoom lecture by Fergus Garrett head gardener at Great Dixter on layered planting. For a couple of hours I felt…

Six on Saturday: Stormy weather

Some much needed rain last night in the form of a dramatic but short-lived thunderstorm. At last the garden has had a watering. I was weeding in amongst the alliums yesterday and noticed they had gone all floppy. I tend not to water my garden even in dry spells except for new plants and pots,…