In A Vase on Monday: The Last Poppy

The day after Remembrance Day and my Littlest Weed found a poppy by the roadside on our way home from school. He picked it – despite my entreaties to leave it for others to enjoy – then when we got home without prompting put it in this little jug with a leaf he had picked….

Lakeland, wolves and Peter Rabbit

The first time I visited the Chelsea Flower Show was in 2005, when my favourite garden was designed by the former pop singer Kim Wilde on a Lakeland theme. I thought about this when we visited the Lake District in May and I was blown away by the lushness of the vegetation. I grew up…

Pumpkin patch kids

There is something quite magical about pumpkins. Whether it is Halloween Jack O’Lanterns or Cinderella’s carriage, they hold a special place in our imagination, which is why they are perfect to grow with kids. My children hate any enforced activity in the garden, but their interest in the pumpkins I grew this year was entirely…

A gardenin’ book for Little Weeds

“Can this be my gardenin’ book?” asks Littlest Weed. I was sent a review copy  of A Big Garden by Gilles Clément and Vincent Gravé by Prestel a few months ago and it has taken me a while to get round to reviewing it. But for the last few weeks, Littlest Weed and I have…

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 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…

Dinosaur roar – a miniature garden

Littlest Weed is a dinosaur obsessive. At the age of just 3 he knows his Muttaburasaurus from his Allosaurus, has seen every episode of Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures on CBeebies several times over, and has perfected his impression of a T-Rex after hours of practice scaring his older sisters. So what better way to get him…

More veg plotting

Wonders will never cease. Looking out of the window I can see a few drops of rain – the first we have seen in Sussex for about a month! Every evening I have been going out and watering our new veg patch by hand, eagerly awaiting the first signs of the seeds we planted over the Easter…