Six on Saturday: Nature’s Fireworks

Here in Sussex, Bonfire is serious business and we are still recovering from the Fifth when we marched in torchlit processions as land girls, a soldier and a little evacuee. The fireworks displays round here are spectacular, but looking around the garden, some of the effects of nature are just as beautiful. Exploding rose hips…

Six on Saturday: November Promise

The garden may be dying back for the year, but I actually feel quite hopeful. I have ordered three new bare root roses, I have lots of bulbs to plant and I can spend a happy winter by the fireside planning next year’s garden. So while this week’s six might not be the heights of…

Pumpkin patch kids

There is something quite magical about pumpkins. Whether it is Halloween Jack O’Lanterns or Cinderella’s carriage, they hold a special place in our imagination, which is why they are perfect to grow with kids. My children hate any enforced activity in the garden, but their interest in the pumpkins I grew this year was entirely…

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…

Hardy heaven: Marchants Hardy Plants, East Sussex

I could be forgiven for thinking I had slipped into heaven this morning when I visited Marchants Hardy Plants in East Sussex, on the first day of their autumn sale. With only two weeks to go until they close for the winter, there is 25% off all plants and I did not come home empty…

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…