Six on Saturday: How to plant an apple tree

This week’s six come not from my own garden, but from the garden at Charleston Farmhouse in East Sussex where I volunteer one day a week. This week, we were joined by Zuky from Sussex Apple Trees, who showed us the best way to plant an apple tree. Charleston has bought a small collection of…

Six on Saturday: Fairweather Gardener

I am afraid I have to confess I have been a fairweather gardener this week. Grey skies, cold drizzle and high winds have kept me inside. I am waiting for the better weather we have been promised next week. Fortunately, I was given lots of gardening books for my birthday to keep me occupied indoors,…

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…

Six on Saturday: Doomsday gardening

The gardening year has really got going for me this week and not just because of the unseasonably warm weather we have enjoyed (in a party before the end of the world sort of way). So I am bending the rules slightly with this week’s six, including not just things happening in my own garden,…

Six on Saturday: the Birds and the Bs

We have woken this morning to a thick fog, but this week we have enjoyed mild temperatures and spots of sunshine, in which the garden has woken from its slumbers like a Sleeping Beauty. Bluetits are excitedly flitting around the garden like a blooming Disney film. Whisper it softly, but it feels like Spring is…

Six on Saturday: Can’t see the forest for the trees

Mr Carrot proved himself a worthy Valentine this week, by buying me a gift of The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. I have only dipped into it so far, but the story it tells sounds quite extraordinary, about how trees look after one another, intertwine their roots and feed tree stumps that are…

Six on Saturday: Seedy Saturday

The annual Seedy Saturday seed swap event took place in our town last Saturday, but I am featuring some of the seeds I bought in this week’s six as they are now sitting in my seed drawer waiting to be sown. I did a mad supermarket dash around the seed swap with only a tenner…

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…