Six on Saturday: So, it’s been a while….

… since I last joined in with SOS. Lockdown with three kids was pretty intense and it was hard to find time to blog. But it’s nice to be back sharing six things that are brightening up my garden this week. I’m looking forward to seeing what the The Propagator and other SOSers have been…

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…

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: 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…

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…

Six on Saturday: Seedy Saturday

The annual Seedy Saturday seed swap event took place in our town last Saturday, but I am featuring some of the seeds I bought in this week’s six as they are now sitting in my seed drawer waiting to be sown. I did a mad supermarket dash around the seed swap with only a tenner…

Six on Saturday: Frost and snow

Brrrr. This week saw the coldest night for seven years in the UK, which I know is nothing compared to some of you in the northern hemisphere who have been experiencing an even more extreme freeze. Here in the South East of England, the snow did not settle for long, but there is something magical…

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: 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…