In A Vase On Monday: Self Seeders

I am in London today for work so this week’s offering was snatched together quickly before dashing off to catch the train. Our garden seems to be in an interlude between spring and summer flowers and I am a bit jealous of those such as alliums that are currently in bloom. So this week I…

Six on Saturday: Fashion Parade

So I should be outside mowing the lawn but instead I’m sitting with my nine-year-old daughter watching the fashion parade of guests at the Royal Wedding, and wow some of those frocks… While we are on the subject here’s what’s showing on the catwalk in my garden this week, joining in with the garden maestro…

In A Vase on Monday: On A May Morning

May is one of my favourite months, when the world suddenly becomes so verdant. Last week, on the Bank Holiday, I had a house and garden full of children, which was lovely, but meant I had no time to join in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s wonderful In A Vase On Monday meme. In…

Six on Saturday: A quick six

Happy first birthday to The Propagator, who started this meme one year ago today. I have only been joining in since the start of the year, but it has already become a regular fixture in my gardening and blogging week. If you are not up to something exciting this sunny Bank Holiday weekend, then, like…

In A Vase On Monday: Rainy Day Blues

Let no-one say I am not committed to Cathy’s wonderful In A Vase On Monday meme. Why, I have just ventured out into the driving rain to pick some weather-beaten blooms and if that is not dedication, I don’t know what is. Again, a simple arrangement, as it is only our second year in the…

Six on Saturday: April showers

The poor garden doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going at the moment. Scorching heat one minute, cold and wet the next. We have heavy rain forecast for Sunday and Monday but today there is just a lingering grey chill. Welcome to April in the UK. Anyway, here are my six for this week, joining…

In A Vase On Monday: Precious Petals

Sometimes the colours of flowers can be as dazzling as any jewels. This year only two of the Purple Prince tulips I planted the autumn before last have come up and they were looking a bit sorry for themselves in the garden. So I didn’t mind picking them and bringing them inside, where their delicate…

Six on Saturday: Spring fever

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, Littlest Weed is outside shouting his little cotton socks off (except he’s barefoot) – what’s not to like about this mini-heatwave? Like our esteemed host, The Propagator, I am loving the tulips this week, but there is lots more happening out in the garden worth a mention…

In a Vase on Monday: a Jar of Spring

After a couple of weeks off over the school Easter holidays, it is lovely to be back joining Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s In A Vase on Monday meme. Of course, the minute the children go back to school, the weather takes a turn for the better and here in the UK we are…

Six on Saturday: Cherry blossom time

The Japanese celebrate cherry blossom time because it heralds the arrival of a change in the season as well as for its reminder of the fleeting beauty of life. I wonder how many of you Six-ers out there are, like me, remembering today just what it is we love so much about gardening: being out…

Six on Saturday: After the rain

Actually make that in the middle of the rain as there is more on the way, but this morning the sun came out for long enough for me to venture out. 1. Our new pirate ship We had this awkward raised shady bed at the back of the garden under a bay tree where nothing…

In a Vase on Monday: A floral bird bath

My sister-in-law and her partner came to stay this weekend and we very belatedly exchanged Christmas presents (at least we managed it before Easter!). Their gift to me was this beautiful table bird bath. It will be perfect for our patio table, but for now I have filled it with daffodil and hellebore heads. The…