Six on Saturday: the romantic garden

I have still to get my gardening mojo on this year. It’s gone from being cold and dry to cold and wet. There’s been the occasional splash of sunshine but I’ve remembered about slugs and snails and I’m fearing for my sweet peas. The garden is loving all the rain though after the extended dry…

Six on Saturday: May Day

Something very dangerous happened yesterday – I was left alone in a garden centre for an hour while Baxter went for a ‘puppy pamper’ in the attached dog grooming spa. Much money was spent on plants. Was there any forethought or planning? Who am I kidding, I just bunged one of everything I liked into…

Six on Saturday: The Sociable Cutting Garden

Until now I have referred to our four metre by metre raised beds as my Front Garden Allotment, but this year I am shifting focus to growing flowers for cutting. I am calling it the Sociable Cutting Garden because there is always someone to chat to as they pass by or our neighbours, or at…

Six on Saturday: Cold and dry

I don’t know about your part of the world, but here in Sussex, England we haven’t had proper rain for weeks (a smattering of snow last weekend but no rain). It has also been extremely chilly even in the sunshine and dropping to freezing at night and the plants are not very happy. Growth is…

Six on Saturday: Coming to Life

The garden is slowly coming to life. If you look up there is blossom everywhere – on our ornamental cherry, plum and damson tree. The early daffodils are over and have been replaced by more delicate narcissi, Thalia and peach and apricot combinations the name of which I forget. The tulips in our sunny front…

Six on Saturday: The joy of spring

This weekend marks the spring equinox and it’s all happening out there. The species tulips are coming into flower with their subtle, delicate beauty. They are joined by China blue periwinkles, dwarf narcissi and grape hyacinths. As ever I am joining in with The Propagator and his joyful crew showing six things from our gardens…

Six on Saturday: White rabbits

If you say ‘white rabbits’ upon waking up on the first of March it is supposed to bring good luck. I remembered to say it this year so hopefully that bodes well for this month. Here we are at the sixth of March already and time once again to join in with The Propagator and…

Six on Saturday: Spring come early

It has been lovely in the garden this week. Another lockdown treat bestowed upon us by Mother Nature. Most days I have been out with the kids and the puppy pottering around and beginning the gardening year. Over winter it can be tricky to find things to feature in Six on Saturday, hosted by his…

Six on Saturday: Daffodils and snowdrops

So it turns out there’s only one thing harder than homeschooling in lockdown and that’s not homeschooling in lockdown! Thank goodness for the weather which meant my kids were finally tempted away from Roblox for half an hour to come outside. (For those of you without pre-teen children Roblox is an arcane and mind-sapping computer/…

Six on Saturday: Housebound

Brrr, I’m sure we are not alone in having had minus temperatures all week. It’s not often this painfully cold here in the south of the UK but no outdoor gardening has been done so for this week’s six I’m featuring indoor plants. Thanks as ever to The Propagator who hosts Six on Saturday every…