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…

Six on Saturday: Doomsday gardening

The gardening year has really got going for me this week and not just because of the unseasonably warm weather we have enjoyed (in a party before the end of the world sort of way). So I am bending the rules slightly with this week’s six, including not just things happening in my own garden,…

Six on Saturday: the Birds and the Bs

We have woken this morning to a thick fog, but this week we have enjoyed mild temperatures and spots of sunshine, in which the garden has woken from its slumbers like a Sleeping Beauty. Bluetits are excitedly flitting around the garden like a blooming Disney film. Whisper it softly, but it feels like Spring is…

Six on Saturday: Can’t see the forest for the trees

Mr Carrot proved himself a worthy Valentine this week, by buying me a gift of The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. I have only dipped into it so far, but the story it tells sounds quite extraordinary, about how trees look after one another, intertwine their roots and feed tree stumps that are…

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…

Six on Saturday: Of roses and builders

As I write, the sun is pouring through the sitting room window. I have just been out in the garden planting bare root roses and noticed new nasturtium and potato plants which have come up, not too mention my namesake calendula still flowering their little socks off. If it were not for the leaves falling…

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: Back to school

The Little Weeds were back to school this week, although Littlest Weed doesn’t start until next week, but settling back into the routine has not left much time for gardening. So this week’s six really have very little to do with me – just plants getting on and doing their thing. As ever I doff…

Six on Saturday: Que sera sera

One of the lessons I have learnt from the head gardener at Charleston, Fiona Dennis, is that in a drought it is wise to cut back, weed and generally tidy up so that precious water and nutrients are conserved for the plants you want to cherish. So today, that is precisely what I have been…