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: 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…

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: Welcome to the jungle

There is that inevitable moment when you get back from holiday, step into your garden and think ‘Wow – it’s a jungle out here.’ It’s not just the length of the lawn – yes it has grown back after the drought as Granny’s Garden promised. It’s as if all of the plants, liberated by the…

Six on Saturday: Cherry blossom time

The Japanese celebrate cherry blossom time because it heralds the arrival of a change in the season as well as for its reminder of the fleeting beauty of life. I wonder how many of you Six-ers out there are, like me, remembering today just what it is we love so much about gardening: being out…

Six on Saturday: glad to be outside again

This week has been the first of the year when I have really enjoyed being out in the garden. It feels like everything is coming back to life and I have a sense of excitement about the year ahead. So it is a joy to join in with The Propagator’s Six on Saturday meme and…