An Arts and Crafts Garden

Standen in East Sussex is one of our go-to places for a family day out. There is something there to please everyone. The house was designed in the Sussex vernacular by Philip Webb as the country retreat for the Beale family who moved there in 1894. Featuring a wealth of William Morris wallpapers and fabrics,…

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…

Gardenhack#1: A Gerani-welcome

At Great Dixter, they always have a ‘welcome’: a selection of pots around the front porch in which they try out different plant combinations. Now our tulips are over – the ones in pots anyway – it is time to try out some new summer pot recipes. I got a bit over-excited at the garden…

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: 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: How to plant an apple tree

This week’s six come not from my own garden, but from the garden at Charleston Farmhouse in East Sussex where I volunteer one day a week. This week, we were joined by Zuky from Sussex Apple Trees, who showed us the best way to plant an apple tree. Charleston has bought a small collection of…

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…