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…

Our front garden allotment

Last winter, I cut down some of the overgrown shrubs in our front garden and replaced them with an experiment: a front garden allotment in the shape of four raised beds, each a metre square. This is not the first time I have turned part of our front garden over to growing produce. In our…

Six on Saturday: Second Coming

In last week’s six I featured our Choisya ternata which has surprised me by flowering more beautifully than ever in September. The climactic conditions are clearly just right for a second inflorescence at the moment as this week’s six shows. As ever thanks to our very own horticultural messiah The Propagator for hosting SOS. 1….

Six on Saturday: Summer’s lease…

…hath all too short a date. Thus quoth the Bard and it is true. Suddenly September is upon us, but at least it is easing us in gently with a beautiful Indian summer of a day. Every week The Propagator invites us to share six things that are happening in our gardens. At the moment…