Six on Saturday: Rainbow garden

Rainbows have become a symbol of our times and in this unprecedented sunny spring our garden has come out in glorious technicolour. Each week The Propagator asks us to show six things from our gardens and this week I hope to capture the riot of colour. 1. Front garden allotment The front garden where I…

Six on Saturday: Raindrops on Roses

We need to talk about the weather. Over the past month, in normally dry, sunny Sussex, we have had rain of near-biblical proportions. The Winterbourne stream which runs through our town (literally winter stream) usually a trickle at this time of year, is already a torrent. I know that compared to many other parts of…

Smelling the roses at Charleston

After nearly a month away, it was wonderful this week to be back volunteering in the garden at Charleston – the former country retreat of artist Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf and her painting partner Duncan Grant. Boy has the garden bloomed since I was last there. This week, head gardener Fi gave me…