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…

In A Vase On Monday: Around the world and back again

It is that time of week again when Cathy from Rambling in the Garden invites us to share our pickings. This week I am delighted that our hibiscus has come into flower and so I could not resist plucking one of its dreamy blue flowers to show you in this little white clay bowl. Hibiscus…

In A Vase On Monday: Spell: rain and time

These are the two things many of us including me are short of at the moment. I am hoping that today’s vase will conjure up a little of both. Every Monday Cathy from Rambling in the Garden invites us to pop something from our backyard into a vase and share it. Here is my offering to…

Six on Saturday: The Temperature’s Rising

A late six from me this Saturday as I spent this morning at the William Robinson Festival in the wonderful garden at Gravetye, but that is for another blog. I am writing this at half-time (in the England vs Sweden World Cup football match for non-soccer fans living on the other side of the world…

Six on Saturday: Sunshine, no rain

I wonder how other SOS-ers in Europe are coping with the current dry weather? Two water authorities in the UK have now declared a hosepipe ban. If Southern Water follows suit I don’t hold out much hope for our new lawn. I am beginning to think that I will have to choose only drought tolerant plants…

In A Vase On Monday: Love Me Tender

When I saw plum-on-silver sweet pea ‘Lisa Marie’ at the Eagle Sweet Peas gold medal winning stand at the Chelsea flower show last year I could not resist. This week, joining in with the lovely Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s invitation to post a vase plucked from our garden each Monday, I have gone with…

Six on Saturday: Blooming madness

Today is our wedding anniversary and last night we stayed over at The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex. The Bell is quite an unusual pub with rooms, which also organises literary events and a mini music festival. We stayed in one of four lodges set in a charming, slightly overgrown garden which was designed by…