Six on Saturday: New growth

I am glad I took this week’s photos yesterday when the sun was shining as I am now sitting at my desk looking out of the window at a cold, grey, drizzle. Beastly weather may be back with us, but there is plenty to be optimistic about in the garden, with new shoots, the first…

Six on Saturday: Full frontal

There, that got your attention. I can promise close ups of naked lovelies, but perhaps not the kind you were hoping for. As I mentioned in last week’s SOS, I was given a macro lens kit for my iPhone 8 for Christmas and I have been playing around with it in our front garden, although…

Six on Saturday: To Do

It’s that time of year when I start writing to-do lists. Let’s face it, January is not a month for actually doing. It’s a month for ‘to-doing’; planning for the year ahead; imagining that this time round we’re going to get it all spit spot, hippity hop, just right. Who am I kidding? But it’s…

Six on Saturday: winter flowers

We often think that winter is a time without flowers, but a quick walk around my garden this morning in a blessed interval of sunlight amid the rain, proves otherwise. Never mind Santa Claus, I am joining in with Old Father Propagator – who is busy in his toyshop propagating shed – and his happy helpers, the…

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: Nature’s Fireworks

Here in Sussex, Bonfire is serious business and we are still recovering from the Fifth when we marched in torchlit processions as land girls, a soldier and a little evacuee. The fireworks displays round here are spectacular, but looking around the garden, some of the effects of nature are just as beautiful. Exploding rose hips…

Six on Saturday: November Promise

The garden may be dying back for the year, but I actually feel quite hopeful. I have ordered three new bare root roses, I have lots of bulbs to plant and I can spend a happy winter by the fireside planning next year’s garden. So while this week’s six might not be the heights of…

Six on Saturday: Theatre of trees

A quick six this weekend as Middle Weed is on a Brownie holiday and I am taking advantage of that to clear and decorate her room. I have already taken five bags to charity (and three to the bin) this morning. Maybe because the flowers are at long last fading away, it is the trees…

Six on Saturday: Beauty in decay

We have had beautiful mild autumnal weather this week and yesterday I took advantage of it to spend a happy few hours starting to tidy up the front garden ahead of planting new bulbs. (The joys of freelancing and being able to plan my own time!) There is still lots to be done but with…

Six on Saturday: New perennials

This week I visited Marchants Hardy Plants, a wonderful nursery selling grasses and hardy perennials near to where we live in East Sussex, which currently has a 25 per cent off end of season sale. I came home with seven new plants, which I have cunningly turned into six things to show this Saturday to…