Six on Saturday: Truly Autumnal

The garden, like the weather, is looking wild at the moment. Leaves strewn everywhere, perennials dying back to make interesting shapes and textures, but still the roses go on blooming. Each week The Propagator invites us to share six things from our garden and it is a delight to see what he and his followers…

Six on Saturday: Overwhelmed in October

As the title of this blog suggests, I am feeling rather overwhelmed by our garden at the moment. We have been here for three and a half years now, and I have done some things that I am pleased with, but the fact of the matter is we inherited an urban garden that was quite…

Six on Saturday: Raindrops on Roses

We need to talk about the weather. Over the past month, in normally dry, sunny Sussex, we have had rain of near-biblical proportions. The Winterbourne stream which runs through our town (literally winter stream) usually a trickle at this time of year, is already a torrent. I know that compared to many other parts of…

Big garden on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my very favourite authors when I was a child, so I have long wanted to visit the Sussex Prairie Garden. Of course, the prairie in the name refers to the naturalistic style of planting, although I was pleased to see a herd of metal buffalo. My children are increasingly…

Six on Saturday: Planting for Climate Change

It has been dry, dry, dry in our garden and so as someone who has little time for watering I am using it as an experiment to see what plants will survive in our changing climate. (That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.) Yesterday I went on our local Climate Strike march in Brighton with my…

Six on Saturday: September Sunshine

I am writing this sitting in an old rattan chair in our open front porch enjoying the warm September sun. I’ve had a few weeks off Six on Saturday while we took a French road trip followed by the chaos of getting the kids back to school so it is wonderful to be back joining…

Six on Saturday: And relax…

July was completely manic. My daughters turned 9 and 11 and enjoyed extended birthday celebrations organised by yours truly. The end of the school term reached epic levels of parental involvement with my oldest saying goodbye to primary school and my youngest leaving reception. And to end the month I spent a day serving cream…

Six on Saturday: Mellow yellow and tangerine dreams

Each season brings new colours in the garden and for me yellow and orange scream high summer. Which is why I have chosen a restricted colour palette for this week’s six: 1. Dahlia ‘Lemon Days’ This was a new garden centre purchase on a whim, a lemon dahlia with an orange centre that works well…

7 Reasons to love the Charleston Festival of the Garden

The Concept: the two-day Festival of the Garden was curated by leading landscape designer and 8 times Chelsea gold medallist Tom Stuart-Smith. This year’s subtitle was ‘Gardening for Curious Minds’, with themes including husbandry versus wildness, allotments and sustainability and the healing garden. I was only able to attend – as a volunteer – on…

Six on Saturday: High Noon

The garden now feels as though it is at its peak, an abundance of foliage and floriferousness. Another month and it will be fraying around the edges, before settling back down for a last burst of Autumnal glory. It is also the time of year when I feel guilty about all the things I haven’t…