In A Vase On Monday: Self Seeders

I am in London today for work so this week’s offering was snatched together quickly before dashing off to catch the train. Our garden seems to be in an interlude between spring and summer flowers and I am a bit jealous of those such as alliums that are currently in bloom. So this week I…

Six on Saturday: Fashion Parade

So I should be outside mowing the lawn but instead I’m sitting with my nine-year-old daughter watching the fashion parade of guests at the Royal Wedding, and wow some of those frocks… While we are on the subject here’s what’s showing on the catwalk in my garden this week, joining in with the garden maestro…

In A Vase on Monday: On A May Morning

May is one of my favourite months, when the world suddenly becomes so verdant. Last week, on the Bank Holiday, I had a house and garden full of children, which was lovely, but meant I had no time to join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s wonderful In A Vase On Monday meme. In…

Six on Saturday: An Artist’s Garden

It is exactly a year since I started volunteering one day a week in the garden at Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex, where artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant lived and painted in the middle decades of the twentieth century. So for this week’s six I am sharing some photographs I took of the garden…

Six on Saturday: A quick six

Happy first birthday to The Propagator, who started this meme one year ago today. I have only been joining in since the start of the year, but it has already become a regular fixture in my gardening and blogging week. If you are not up to something exciting this sunny Bank Holiday weekend, then, like…

In A Vase On Monday: Rainy Day Blues

Let no-one say I am not committed to Cathy’s wonderful In A Vase On Monday meme. Why, I have just ventured out into the driving rain to pick some weather-beaten blooms and if that is not dedication, I don’t know what is. Again, a simple arrangement, as it is only our second year in the…

Six on Saturday: April showers

The poor garden doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going at the moment. Scorching heat one minute, cold and wet the next. We have heavy rain forecast for Sunday and Monday but today there is just a lingering grey chill. Welcome to April in the UK. Anyway, here are my six for this week, joining…

This Week at Charleston: Brown Gold

This week at Charleston I was mainly knee deep in compost. Fiona, the Head Gardener, is determined to have a ready supply of good, well-rotted and most importantly free compost for the garden. Making your own compost is also great for the environment, so I was happy to get stuck in to the task of…

In A Vase On Monday: Precious Petals

Sometimes the colours of flowers can be as dazzling as any jewels. This year only two of the Purple Prince tulips I planted the autumn before last have come up and they were looking a bit sorry for themselves in the garden. So I didn’t mind picking them and bringing them inside, where their delicate…

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…