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: Sanctuary

I don’t know about others, but my garden feels like a sanctuary at the moment. A place I can momentarily forget the madness and focus on the minutiae of growing things, pushing their way up through the earth to celebrate Spring. Sadly this week it also became the final resting place for our much loved…

Six on Saturday: Stormy times

First there was my namesake Storm Ciara and now we are expecting Storm Dennis. Our five-year-old is quite excited and keeps on asking when he’s going to arrive as if he’s an old friend coming to visit. But all these storms are taking their toll on trees. To add to their arboreal woes this week…

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…