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…

Six on Saturday: End of the heatwave

It was too hot to do much in the garden this week apart from sit in the shade watching the plants frazzle and watering where I could in the evening. Now it has cooled down I will survey the damage – lots of things have gone over prematurely. The sweet peas seemed to like the…

Six on Saturday: Midsummer magic

Titania, Bottom and all the fairies will come out tonight as we have reached the midpoint of the year, the summer solstice and the garden is become a place of magic. So join The Propagator and his troupe of rude theatricals as they show off their horticultural wares. Without further ado here are six scenes…