Six on Saturday: After the rain

I never thought I would be so glad to hear the sound of rain drumming down as I was yesterday afternoon, followed by the almost forgotten smell of damp earth. The garden is still looking parched but now I know it has had a good drink and some replenishment. I have been suffering from garden…

Six on Saturday: Que sera sera

One of the lessons I have learnt from the head gardener at Charleston, Fiona Dennis, is that in a drought it is wise to cut back, weed and generally tidy up so that precious water and nutrients are conserved for the plants you want to cherish. So today, that is precisely what I have been…

In A Vase On Monday: Around the world and back again

It is that time of week again when Cathy from Rambling in the Garden invites us to share our pickings. This week I am delighted that our hibiscus has come into flower and so I could not resist plucking one of its dreamy blue flowers to show you in this little white clay bowl. Hibiscus…

In A Vase On Monday: Spell: rain and time

These are the two things many of us including me are short of at the moment. I am hoping that today’s vase will conjure up a little of both. Every Monday Cathy from Rambling in the Garden invites us to pop something from our backyard into a vase and share it. Here is my offering to…

Six on Saturday: The Temperature’s Rising

A late six from me this Saturday as I spent this morning at the William Robinson Festival in the wonderful garden at Gravetye, but that is for another blog. I am writing this at half-time (in the England vs Sweden World Cup football match for non-soccer fans living on the other side of the world…

Six on Saturday: Sunshine, no rain

I wonder how other SOS-ers in Europe are coping with the current dry weather? Two water authorities in the UK have now declared a hosepipe ban. If Southern Water follows suit I don’t hold out much hope for our new lawn. I am beginning to think that I will have to choose only drought tolerant plants…

In A Vase On Monday: Love Me Tender

When I saw plum-on-silver sweet pea ‘Lisa Marie’ at the Eagle Sweet Peas gold medal winning stand at the Chelsea flower show last year I could not resist. This week, joining in with the lovely Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s invitation to post a vase plucked from our garden each Monday, I have gone with…

Six on Saturday: Blooming madness

Today is our wedding anniversary and last night we stayed over at The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex. The Bell is quite an unusual pub with rooms, which also organises literary events and a mini music festival. We stayed in one of four lodges set in a charming, slightly overgrown garden which was designed by…

Smelling the roses at Charleston

After nearly a month away, it was wonderful this week to be back volunteering in the garden at Charleston – the former country retreat of artist Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf and her painting partner Duncan Grant. Boy has the garden bloomed since I was last there. This week, head gardener Fi gave me…

In A Vase On Monday: Old Masters

There is a trend on Instagram at the moment for creating floral arrangements in the style of Old Master paintings. I thought I would have a go for this week’s IAVOM, joining in with our gracious host Cathy from Rambling in the Garden. I don’t think I am quite there yet – I need a…