Six on Saturday: First flowers

This has been a week of homeschooling and walks, not much gardening has been done, but it’s lovely to see the first flowers of the year appearing. Each week The Propagator generously hosts Six on Saturday where gardeners from all over the world blog about what’s going on in their patch. For me and many…

Six on Saturday: Frost

Here is Sussex we haven’t had the snow that much of the UK has had but yesterday we had a spectacular frost and stunning winter sunshine. These pictures were taken at 10am in our garden when the frost still hadn’t melted. In the afternoon the kids and I went out for a walk to a…

Six on Saturday: Wintry Things

Happy New Year! Here in Sussex like most of England we are in Tier 4 which means we can only meet one other person outside of the house and only essential shops are open. The temperature is hovering just above freezing and yesterday I didn’t leave the house at all. I don’t know about you…

Six on Saturday: God Jul

Six days to go and I’ve taught myself to play We Wish You A Merry Christmas on our new piano kindly given to us by a neighbour. My Christmas list this year consists mainly of garden-related items: a soil sieve so I can get rid of the persistent weeds in our compost; The Garden Jungle…

Six on Saturday: Winter Garden

Our back garden is north-facing and on a slope. In summer it gets plenty of sunshine and is a lovely place to be but at this time of year it is rather dank. Because it slopes down to the house, our patio is cold, wet and slippery. Next year we are hoping to redo our…

Six on Saturday: Lockdown flowers

It’s a grey old day but I’m loving the plants clinging on to colour in our garden. To be honest they’re a complete colour clash but by this time of year I’ll take anything, so let’s call it a rainbow instead 🌈 They are definitely cheering us up through England’s second lockdown. Thing one was…

Six on Saturday: November roses

How are we all? Here in England we are back into the first weekend of lockdown#2 and at the end of a nail-biting week in the US presidential elections. have had butterflies in my stomach all week so I can’t begin to imagine for those of you living in the US. So it is calming…

Six on Saturday: So, it’s been a while….

… since I last joined in with SOS. Lockdown with three kids was pretty intense and it was hard to find time to blog. But it’s nice to be back sharing six things that are brightening up my garden this week. I’m looking forward to seeing what the The Propagator and other SOSers have been…

The Empress of the Flowery World

The Empress of the Flowery World is just one of the names given to Nerine sarniensis, the Guernsey Lily or Jewel Lily. This autumn-flowering bulb comes originally from the Cape region of South Africa. It was brought to Europe in the mid-1600s and found its way to Guernsey, some say as a gift from the…

Toot sweet: A whistlestop tour of Exbury Gardens

To the delight of our six-year-old son, we begin our visit to Exbury Gardens with a steam train ride straight out of Harry Potter, climbing on board at a charmingly old-fashioned little station. As we chug around in a loop of the top part of the garden, past a lush rockery and dragonfly pond, he…