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…

Six on Saturday: Midsummer mayhem

It is nearly Midsummer and the garden should be at the peak of perfection… except it’s not. In places it is lovely: the roses are blooming, our herbaceous border has a feeling of romantic abundance and some of the veg in our raised beds are almost ready to crop. But this time of year is…

In A Vase On Monday: Cutting patch cornflowers

A very simple arrangement today joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden, who every Monday invites us to show a vase of whatever we have picked from our garden. These are the first cornflowers from my tiny cut flower patch – a raised bed of just one metre by one metre in our…

Six on Saturday: Sumer is Icumen in

Walking in the Lake District fells last week with Mr Carrot and the Little Weeds we heard the song of the cuckoo echoing across Eskdale. Summer has definitely arrived in the garden; spring flowers are well and truly over: the allium flowers are drying out, but I will save them for their sculptural seedheads; my…

A gardenin’ book for Little Weeds

“Can this be my gardenin’ book?” asks Littlest Weed. I was sent a review copy  of A Big Garden by Gilles Clément and Vincent Gravé by Prestel a few months ago and it has taken me a while to get round to reviewing it. But for the last few weeks, Littlest Weed and I have…

In A Vase On Monday: A Sussex Posy

We have just got back from four days in the Lake District. When we arrived home at nearly 10pm last night, the garden seemed to have gone mad. It was just light enough to make out potato plants and radishes that have doubled in size whilst we have been away. The flora of the Lakes…

In a Vase on Monday: Hot and bothered

Another sweltering Bank Holiday Monday and this time one rather hot and grumpy mum. I know I should be enjoying the sunshine,  but it is close and muggy and the kids are driving me up the wall. So I have crept away for a little “me” time joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the…

Six on Saturday: Flower Festival

It’s festival season. Mr Carrot has taken the Little Weeds to see a show at the Brighton Fringe. I’m taking my mum to see a literary talk at the Charleston Festival for her birthday. And earlier this week my mum and I enjoyed a wonderful day at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden is looking…

Chelsea take aways

One of the themes of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is inspiring people to take away ideas which they can use in their own gardens. After spending a perfect English summer’s day enjoying the show gardens and stands with my green-fingered mum, here are some of the trends, plants and designs which caught my imagination….

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…