In A Vase On Monday: Love Me Tender

When I saw plum-on-silver sweet pea ‘Lisa Marie’ at the Eagle Sweet PeasĀ gold medal winning stand at the Chelsea flower show last year I could not resist. This week, joining in with the lovely Cathy from Rambling in the Garden’s invitation to post a vase plucked from our garden each Monday, I have gone with…

Forget-me-nots, sweet peas and a surprise: this week at Charleston

“The forget-me-nots are holding the garden together at this time of year,” said Head Gardener Fiona, when I joined her in the walled garden at Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex yesterday, where I volunteer one day a week. After two weeks off for the Easter holidays, it seemed to me that an awful lot is…

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: After the rain

Actually make that in the middle of the rain as there is more on the way, but this morning the sun came out for long enough for me to venture out. 1. Our new pirate ship We had this awkward raised shady bed at the back of the garden under a bay tree where nothing…