Six on Saturday: Hellebores and more

I have to confess it’s not the most inspiring time of year in the garden. Outside it’s cold and grey and the plants are looking well, sorry for themselves. But my mum and I had a little moment of joy this afternoon popping into the Snowdrop Day at Marchants Hardy Plants in Laughton, East Sussex….

Time to trim your hellebores

The time to trim your hellebores is as soon as the new growth starts to appear in winter. We have three Helleborus orientalis in our front garden. They are in rather a shady spot and they seem to flower depending on which get the most sunlight. This pink one does best followed by a couple…

Six on Saturday: The Tulip

I have been eyeing up Anna Pavord’s book The Tulip in our local library for some time now. Only the sheer size of the thing prevented me borrowing it. But I found I couldn’t stop thinking about it so this week I brought it home. It is so dense I will probably have to renew…

Six on Saturday: Planting for Climate Change

It has been dry, dry, dry in our garden and so as someone who has little time for watering I am using it as an experiment to see what plants will survive in our changing climate. (That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.) Yesterday I went on our local Climate Strike march in Brighton with my…

Six on Saturday: September Sunshine

I am writing this sitting in an old rattan chair in our open front porch enjoying the warm September sun. I’ve had a few weeks off Six on Saturday while we took a French road trip followed by the chaos of getting the kids back to school so it is wonderful to be back joining…

Six on Saturday: Tulips!

‘April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.’ T. S. Eliot, ‘The Wasteland’ I missed last week’s Six on Saturday due to an all day yoga course, so apologies if someone has already quoted T. S. Eliot, but at this time…

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…