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…

Six on Saturday: Front garden allotment update

The dictionary definition of an allotment is a plot of land rented by an individual for growing vegetables and flowers. So strictly, our front garden allotment is no such thing, but I like to call it that while I am waiting on the list to get a real allotment. In our sunny, south facing and…

Six on Saturday: Heat and shade

It is properly hot here today, predicted to reach 30C by the middle of the afternoon, although nowhere near the temperatures just across the Channel in France. With extreme weather on the rise, our gardens become more important than ever as an oasis of greenery and shade in a heatwave. Our garden is looking rather…

In A Vase On Monday: Sweet Peas

It is a long time since I have joined in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s lovely In A Vase On Monday meme thanks to work and general business, but I was inspired to post this week by my simple bouquet of sweet peas. I was out in the front garden this morning tying…

Six on Saturday: After the rain

I have to confess I have not got much gardening done this week. Instead I have been cowering indoors, considering putting the heating on. The weeds are growing apace and the slugs and snails have devoured the Tagetes seedlings I lovingly planted out last week. I am hoping for some warm sunshine this weekend to…

Six on Saturday: Fleeting beauty

Peonies are the ultimate in fleeting beauty. Their scarce buds – this year we had only three – sit there in tight balls for a week or two before bursting into floral gorgeousness for a few brief days. Outside the wind is tossing our newly opened peonies around something rotten. I have been out to…

Six on Saturday: Flowers to make me less grumpy

Last night my husband and I had a rare night out without the kids who were staying at my parents and I was looking forward to a lie in this morning when I was rudely awoken at 8am by Southern Water drilling a hole outside my bedroom window. They are still there and the whole…

Six on Saturday: Beginnings

There are many beginnings in a garden, from the first snowdrops to first fruit, but May is that lovely time of year when everything is about to pop, new plants are ready to go out in the garden and the risk of frost is almost past. (Ne’er cast a clout till May is out.) Every…

Six on Saturday: Monsters

At some point in mid-Spring, the garden goes from looking a little bare and forlorn to being suddenly taken over by great green monsters in the form of overgrown shrubs, hedges and climbers. This is certainly true in our front garden where the plum cherry hedge, planted by our neighbour to prevent unwitting people from…