Six on Saturday: Spring fever

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, Littlest Weed is outside shouting his little cotton socks off (except he’s barefoot) – what’s not to like about this mini-heatwave? Like our esteemed host, The Propagator, I am loving the tulips this week, but there is lots more happening out in the garden worth a mention…

Forget-me-nots, sweet peas and a surprise: this week at Charleston

“The forget-me-nots are holding the garden together at this time of year,” said Head Gardener Fiona, when I joined her in the walled garden at Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex yesterday, where I volunteer one day a week. After two weeks off for the Easter holidays, it seemed to me that an awful lot is…

In a Vase on Monday: a Jar of Spring

After a couple of weeks off over the school Easter holidays, it is lovely to be back joining Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme. Of course, the minute the children go back to school, the weather takes a turn for the better and here in the UK we are…

Six on Saturday: Cherry blossom time

The Japanese celebrate cherry blossom time because it heralds the arrival of a change in the season as well as for its reminder of the fleeting beauty of life. I wonder how many of you Six-ers out there are, like me, remembering today just what it is we love so much about gardening: being out…

Six on Saturday: From grey skies to paradise

Sorry to be a holiday bore but this week I travelled from this: To this: The journey was hell on earth, packed into a sky-borne cattle truck with a manic four-year-old sat behind a gentleman who had absolutely no patience with said 4-yr-old and probably could not understand why we were not flogging him into…

Six on Saturday: After the rain

Actually make that in the middle of the rain as there is more on the way, but this morning the sun came out for long enough for me to venture out. 1. Our new pirate ship We had this awkward raised shady bed at the back of the garden under a bay tree where nothing…

In a Vase on Monday: A floral bird bath

My sister-in-law and her partner came to stay this weekend and we very belatedly exchanged Christmas presents (at least we managed it before Easter!). Their gift to me was this beautiful table bird bath. It will be perfect for our patio table, but for now I have filled it with daffodil and hellebore heads. The…

Six on Saturday: Spring Cocktail

I was out last night for a few cocktails with some of the mums at school, so with a slightly fuzzy head here are my Six on Saturday. Thanks to The Propagator for hosting this meme, which is just as much fun as the heady mix of elderflower liqueur, rum, kahlua and vodka I consumed…

Not so darling Celandine

The sun has come out for the first day of Spring! And with it the pretty yellow flowers of Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria). “Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Celandine…” But wait a minute. This invasive species may look pretty in woodland, but it has completely taken over in a corner of…

In a Vase on Monday: always Winter never Easter

One of my Facebook friends came up with this paraphrase of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ – in Narnia it is ‘always Winter, never Christmas’ – and I have shamelessly stolen it as the title for this week’s In a Vase on Monday, as that is very much how I am feeling today,…

Six on Saturday: glad to be outside again

This week has been the first of the year when I have really enjoyed being out in the garden. It feels like everything is coming back to life and I have a sense of excitement about the year ahead. So it is a joy to join in with The Propagator’s Six on Saturday meme and…

In a Vase on Monday: the Further Adventures of Princess Hyacinth

Last week, one or two of you kindly requested a further instalment to the story of Princess Hyacinth, the one armed figure who was nestling amidst my blooms. So here it is – I promise this will be the last you see of her for a while. This week, Princess Hyacinth put together this simple…