Bare bones

The last rose, a final flowering hollyhock, these are the little treats that the end of the year throws up, but for the most part December is the month when the garden is finally reduced to its bare bones. This can be dispiriting, particularly when it is accompanied by low light levels and cold, damp…

The dead and the living

It has been a bit too cold to go out into the garden much this week, but I have been inspired to pop out to see what is growing – and what is not – by the lure of joining in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme. Even…

Jasmine and friends: In a Vase on Monday

This week I have been reading the gardening classic Down The Garden Path by Beverley Nichols which I am going to review on Sunday for a new regular winter slot on my Gardener’s Bookshelf. Nichols has a thing for winter flowers, which he recommends picking in bud. He writes: “Most people… do not realise how…

Astral week: In a Vase on Monday

Last week I joined in with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday for the first time – on the meme’s fourth anniversary. Then I chose just one bloom, a single purple Gladiolus, displayed in a milk bottle holder, as the challenge was to use something other than a vase to…

In a Vase on Monday: a pint of purple

Today is the 4th anniversary of the In a Vase on Monday meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden This week to mark the occasion, Cathy has challenged fellow bloggers to put their blooms in something other than a vase. This single stem – the last of the gladioli I bought at the…

Shrub Wars: the director’s cut

I have been feeling a bit oppressed by our garden of late. It is filled with mature shrubs, planted by someone else and then left to grow into huge megaliths. The result is not so much Sleeping Beauty’s castle as elephants’ graveyard. So with autumn here and nesting time over, I decided it was the…

Gathering

Last Friday on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray interviewed Shetland poet Jen Hadfield about gathering at the Autumn equinox. “I really feel that urge to gather in the autumn time” revealed the poet, who at this time of year line fishes for mackerel and picks porcini mushrooms from a secret hill. I cannot…

Garden bloggers bloom day September 2017

It is four months since I first joined in with May Dreams Gardens’ Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. I wish I had kept up with it every month, but life and the Little Weeds keep getting in the way – the same goes for my garden hence its rather shambolic state in September. Next year, I…

Half term pests 

No not the children (although they have their moments). We arrived back from a lovely weekend listening to kids’ authors talk about their books at the Hay Festival to find the broad beans covered in black aphids.   I set to work like a woman possessed and washed them all off with soapy water then…

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

I have been so busy with work and family lately that I have not managed to fit in much time to blog, or spent anywhere near as long as I would like in our garden. So Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day May 2017 hosted by Carol at maydreamsgardens.com seemed like the perfect chance to get back…

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…

Making a garden our own

It is 10 months since we moved into our new garden (there is a house attached), but I still feel as though I am trespassing on someone else’s territory. Most of the trees, shrubs and plants have been chosen by others. Some I adore such as the gigantic fig tree my children love to climb and have…