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…

Six on Saturday: Mayhem!

Spring is at its fullest and the garden is starting to look decidedly overgrown. There are so many jobs to do this weekend that I don’t know where to start: pruning the shaggy cherry plum hedge which is straggling across our front steps; cutting back the Clematis armandii which is threatening to block out the…

Six on Saturday: Spring forward

The clocks go forward this weekend and with some beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures this week, it really feels as though Spring has set in. The garden has responded by blooming, although the soil is already starting to look a little dry here in Sussex, where we haven’t had much rainfall recently. Each Saturday, The…

Six on Saturday: Fairweather Gardener

I am afraid I have to confess I have been a fairweather gardener this week. Grey skies, cold drizzle and high winds have kept me inside. I am waiting for the better weather we have been promised next week. Fortunately, I was given lots of gardening books for my birthday to keep me occupied indoors,…

Six on Saturday: Early Spring

I don’t know about you, but I have still not worked out exactly when Spring begins here in the northern hemisphere. Is it on 1 March, or at the vernal equinox on 21 March? Is it when the first daffodils appear, or when Gardener’s World is back on our screens? A week ago, we were…

Let’s get muddy! Kid-friendly gardening schemes

Some of my earliest memories are of playing in our garden, which was quite large and backed onto a field as we lived in the last bungalow at the edge of a remote Shropshire village. My parents were keen advocates of grow your own, following in the footsteps of Tom and Barbara Good (this was…

Six on Saturday: Doomsday gardening

The gardening year has really got going for me this week and not just because of the unseasonably warm weather we have enjoyed (in a party before the end of the world sort of way). So I am bending the rules slightly with this week’s six, including not just things happening in my own garden,…

Six on Saturday: the Birds and the Bs

We have woken this morning to a thick fog, but this week we have enjoyed mild temperatures and spots of sunshine, in which the garden has woken from its slumbers like a Sleeping Beauty. Bluetits are excitedly flitting around the garden like a blooming Disney film. Whisper it softly, but it feels like Spring is…

Six on Saturday: Can’t see the forest for the trees

Mr Carrot proved himself a worthy Valentine this week, by buying me a gift of The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. I have only dipped into it so far, but the story it tells sounds quite extraordinary, about how trees look after one another, intertwine their roots and feed tree stumps that are…