Six on Saturday: What’s your poison?

There are many garden plants which are poisonous. Some when ingested by people or animals. Others, like Euphorbia, contain an irritant sap which can be toxic to the skin. With children playing in our garden I try to avoid these as far as possible, but sometimes they self sow. We have lots of Arum maculatum…

Six on Saturday

In true British bank holiday style I spent yesterday tidying our patio. It had become rather disgusting over the winter and was not helped by the fact that I was brewing some foul smelling comfrey tea there. Now the comfrey tea has been fed to the raised beds and I have swept and weeded although…

Six on Saturday: Lights, camera, action!

The most exciting thing that has happened this week is I got a new iPhone 11 so I have been trying out the camera on this week’s six. It has a rather exciting zoom function which is perfect for snapping plants. Do join in with The Propagator who invites us to feature six things from…

Six on Saturday: Flower burst

Another week of glorious sunshine 🌞 and everything in the garden is about to burst into flower. Peonies are about to pop, roses are about to ravish. The highlight of the week was joining a Zoom lecture by Fergus Garrett head gardener at Great Dixter on layered planting. For a couple of hours I felt…

Six on Saturday: Stormy weather

Some much needed rain last night in the form of a dramatic but short-lived thunderstorm. At last the garden has had a watering. I was weeding in amongst the alliums yesterday and noticed they had gone all floppy. I tend not to water my garden even in dry spells except for new plants and pots,…

Six on Saturday: Singing the Blues

Blue is the predominant colour in our garden right now – with a good measure of white and yellow thrown in. For this week’s six, joining in with the garden maestro himself, The Propagator, I am ‘singing the blues’ in celebration of my favourite colour. 1. Corydalis flexuosa ‘Pere David’ This week I had a…

Six on Saturday: Counting blessings

How are we all? I don’t know about you but I wake up each morning thinking the world is normal, then I remember that it’s not. Still, we have to focus on the positives. I feel very blessed to have a nice house and garden and to live in the beautiful South Downs where I…

Six on Saturday: They can’t cancel the Spring

Wise words from the great David Hockney this week. The Bradford-born artist, who is currently self-isolating at his home in Normandy, unveiled a new picture of daffodils to cheer spirits with the message ‘Do remember they can’t cancel the Spring.’ I am sure many of us SOSers are taking comfort in the new growth in…

Keep on gardening

One of my resolutions for these strange times is to get my children out in the garden as much as possible. Today it is cold and grey, although better weather is forecast from tomorrow. But we still managed to celebrate the Spring equinox by sowing some seeds. Together with my nine-year-old and nearly six-year-old we…

Six on Saturday: Sanctuary

I don’t know about others, but my garden feels like a sanctuary at the moment. A place I can momentarily forget the madness and focus on the minutiae of growing things, pushing their way up through the earth to celebrate Spring. Sadly this week it also became the final resting place for our much loved…