How Great Dixter gets its garden ready

  As I walk up the York stone path to the timber-framed porch of Great Dixter my first thought is “I wonder what’s in the pots?” I have visited the famous East Sussex garden and home of the late Christopher Lloyd on three previous occasions and have never failed to be impressed by the display…

Half-term crowds at RHS Wisley

As we turned into RHS Wisley on a sunny Friday towards the end of half-term, I thought we had made a terrible mistake. While we queued to get into the overflow car park and watched legions of welly-booted sprogs marching towards the entrance, Mr Carrot suggested turning back and trying somewhere else. I pointed out that…

Wild Fridays: hazel catkins

I have been thinking a lot lately about Robert Mcfarlane’s assertion that more children can identify a Bulbasoar from Pokémon than a badger. I find it hard to believe, even though it was based on a paper in Science, as my own children (admittedly not a scientific sample) could spot a badger from an early…

In A Vase on Monday: A bowl of ‘bores

The name Hellebore comes from the Greek words for ‘injure’ and ‘food’ as the plant and its flowers are poisonous. But like many poisonous plants, they are also very beautiful (is there a connection to Helen of Troy?) This week to join in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday…

This Week At Charleston: Allium attack

The walled garden looked quite stunning after the first frost of the year yesterday: artichoke leaves dusted white, snowdrops peeking through here and there and pale green hellebores like winter ghosts. My task for the day was to remove all of the alliums which have spread throughout the bed at the end of the lawn….

In A Vase On Monday: Iris and Daphne

Not only are Iris and Daphne two of my favourite flowers, they are also two of my favourite characters from Greek mythology. I even named my first child after Iris, the amiable goddess of the rainbow. For this week’s In A Vase on Monday, joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden, I have…

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…