Six on Saturday: Fresh Start

I have been feeling quite overwhelmed in the garden lately, what with the weird weather watering the weeds and making it less appealing to garden. Hence the radio silence on SOS. But two things happened this week to inspire me to make a fresh start. The first was visiting the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower…

Six on Saturday: Daffodils and snowdrops

So it turns out there’s only one thing harder than homeschooling in lockdown and that’s not homeschooling in lockdown! Thank goodness for the weather which meant my kids were finally tempted away from Roblox for half an hour to come outside. (For those of you without pre-teen children Roblox is an arcane and mind-sapping computer/…

Six on Saturday: November roses

How are we all? Here in England we are back into the first weekend of lockdown#2 and at the end of a nail-biting week in the US presidential elections. have had butterflies in my stomach all week so I can’t begin to imagine for those of you living in the US. So it is calming…

Six on Saturday: Spring Cleaning

We have been surprised by a day of sunshine and the first chance to get out in the garden for a while so this is a very brief six while I pop in for a bowl of soup. This morning I have cut back ferns and done a bit of weeding and this afternoon it’s…

Six on Saturday: Fleeting beauty

Peonies are the ultimate in fleeting beauty. Their scarce buds – this year we had only three – sit there in tight balls for a week or two before bursting into floral gorgeousness for a few brief days. Outside the wind is tossing our newly opened peonies around something rotten. I have been out to…

Six on Saturday: Easter cornucopia

On this glorious Easter weekend there is a cornucopia of things to choose from for this week’s six. 1. Apple blossom I love the pink and white candy blossom on our dwarf apple tree which has opened out in the warm sunshine. Last year we only got one apple on this tree after the Beast…

Six on Saturday: Tulips!

‘April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.’ T. S. Eliot, ‘The Wasteland’ I missed last week’s Six on Saturday due to an all day yoga course, so apologies if someone has already quoted T. S. Eliot, but at this time…

Six on Saturday: From grey skies to paradise

Sorry to be a holiday bore but this week I travelled from this: To this: The journey was hell on earth, packed into a sky-borne cattle truck with a manic four-year-old sat behind a gentleman who had absolutely no patience with said 4-yr-old and probably could not understand why we were not flogging him into…

Six on Saturday: Mum’s garden

As it is Mother’s Day tomorrow and I am visiting my mum today, I thought I would share six plants from her garden – which is much more impressive than mine, even on a damp, grey Saturday. 1. Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst’ This pretty white pulmonaria is in the white bed outside my mum’s kitchen window –…

This year’s failures

Today I am gardening in my own garden for the first time in about a month – and I feel like a failure. I love gardening, but right now there are people who care not a jot about horticulture who have better maintained gardens than mine. In my defence we are two weeks into the…