In A Vase On Monday: Little Treasures

After a miserable weekend of non-stop rain and grey skies the sun has come out and I have just popped out into the garden to see what I could find to join in with Cathy’s from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme this week. The temperatures have soared and it is…

Winter pruning: this week in the garden at Charleston

The garden at Charleston is like a supermodel: it always photographs well. And what a joy it was to be back in the garden this week after a winter break for us volunteers. I returned to the garden on a perfect winter’s day – bright and cold – the downs behind creating a chiaroscuro effect…

In A Vase on a Monday: a cup of magic

Not in a vase but in a tiny cup on Monday this week. At the weekend we took the Little Weeds to The Making of Harry Potter studio tour – a very belated birthday treat for Middle Weed. Seeing all the beautifully intricate set designs and props for the films has reignited my mild Harry…

Wild Fridays: Beechnuts and Old Man’s Beard

We are lucky to have a beautiful green space a short walk from our house called ‘Baxter’s Field’, which is owned and maintained by a private committee but open to the public on most days of the year. It is just the right distance for Littlest Weed and me if we are feeling a bit…

Happy blogoversary to me!

It is one year today since I started the Carrots and Calendula blog and it has been a wonderful journey! Thank you to each and every one of you who has stopped by to read my posts. Over the past year I have been on a double learning journey – getting to grips with our…

The front garden bunch

This has been a very exciting week for our front garden as we have had an awkward shaped bed which was filled with overgrown shrubs transformed into four raised beds – our very own front garden allotment! Today was my son’s first day back at nursery after the Christmas break, so I finally got the…

A Year in Our Garden: 2017 in pictures; Part 1: January to March

It is almost a year since I started my blog back in January 2017 when our garden was looking decidedly dull and dreary. The year that followed was our first full year in the garden. Looking back through my photos from that year has been both pleasurable and informative. It is reassuring to remember how…

The Winter’s Tale: In A Vase on Monday

Every day I walk past a garden on the school run which boasted clouds of pink Cosmos and Japanese anemones until the start of December. The other day, I noticed that all that now remains are blackened seedheads and I knew that winter truly had arrived. But all is not lost in the garden and I…

Into the Wilderness

Warning: this is a post about our Christmas tree, so if you have already reached peak bauble please move on. Every year for the past eight years, since moving to East Sussex, we have bought our Christmas tree from Wilderness Wood, 62 acres of coppiced woodland on the edge of the village of Hadlow Down….

Bare bones

The last rose, a final flowering hollyhock, these are the little treats that the end of the year throws up, but for the most part December is the month when the garden is finally reduced to its bare bones. This can be dispiriting, particularly when it is accompanied by low light levels and cold, damp…