Six on Saturday: Theatre of trees

A quick six this weekend as Middle Weed is on a Brownie holiday and I am taking advantage of that to clear and decorate her room. I have already taken five bags to charity (and three to the bin) this morning. Maybe because the flowers are at long last fading away, it is the trees…

Six on Saturday: Beauty in decay

We have had beautiful mild autumnal weather this week and yesterday I took advantage of it to spend a happy few hours starting to tidy up the front garden ahead of planting new bulbs. (The joys of freelancing and being able to plan my own time!) There is still lots to be done but with…

How many bulbs does it take to change the world?

My bulb order from Peter Nyssen arrived this week and I am impressed to see that the company has made huge strides towards sustainability. No this is not a sponsored post – I am a genuine unpaid fan of their bulbs. Firstly, all of their bulbs are now, to the best of their knowledge, free…

Six on Saturday: New perennials

This week I visited Marchants Hardy Plants, a wonderful nursery selling grasses and hardy perennials near to where we live in East Sussex, which currently has a 25 per cent off end of season sale. I came home with seven new plants, which I have cunningly turned into six things to show this Saturday to…

Six on Saturday: Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

Many years ago my first full time job was working for satirical magazine Private Eye. At this time of year, it was a favourite gambit to do a round up of all the lazy journalists who had written a piece referring to ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. So in true lazy journalistic style…

Six on Saturday: Last fling

By this time of year I’m afraid I have nothing new to share with The Propagator and my fellow SOS-ers. Well, nothing new per se that is. What is different about the late September garden is the tone, feel and look. I have just stepped out into our chilly back garden to take these new…

Our front garden allotment

Last winter, I cut down some of the overgrown shrubs in our front garden and replaced them with an experiment: a front garden allotment in the shape of four raised beds, each a metre square. This is not the first time I have turned part of our front garden over to growing produce. In our…

Six on Saturday: Second Coming

In last week’s six I featured our Choisya ternata which has surprised me by flowering more beautifully than ever in September. The climactic conditions are clearly just right for a second inflorescence at the moment as this week’s six shows. As ever thanks to our very own horticultural messiah The Propagator for hosting SOS. 1….

Six on Saturday: Back to school

The Little Weeds were back to school this week, although Littlest Weed doesn’t start until next week, but settling back into the routine has not left much time for gardening. So this week’s six really have very little to do with me – just plants getting on and doing their thing. As ever I doff…

Six on Saturday: Summer’s lease…

…hath all too short a date. Thus quoth the Bard and it is true. Suddenly September is upon us, but at least it is easing us in gently with a beautiful Indian summer of a day. Every week The Propagator invites us to share six things that are happening in our gardens. At the moment…