Not a lot of gardening for me this week, although Chris has been out pruning and tidying again. I do however have a gardening highlight as I've eventually dried my chilli peppers. My six this week are the stages, from growing to storing, involved in preserving the produce from three plants, a mild capsicum 'Cayenne', … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Hot Stuff!
Years ago, when I first started gardening, I actually avoided roses - the first few I'd planted were almost devoid of flowers and I thought I just didn't have the knack for them. In fact I was quite right - at the time I was under the mistaken apprehension that once a plant was put … Continue reading Which Rose – Dilemma over!
With Autumn well and truly over, deciduous trees are almost leafless and the eyes are now drawn to a plethora of fascinating bark. Many trees sit through winter looking distinctly lifeless, but others continue to shine, providing interest in our parks and gardens during the darkest months. These six caught my attention today, both at … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Basking in Bark!
I love putting plants together in pots and Autumn is probably my favourite time for doing so - there's less choice around and so selection is relatively simple. A well designed Autumn pot or basket is really effective positioned to greet you as you come and go, just at the time garden borders are fading … Continue reading Autumn/Winter Pots
Late this wet and windy afternoon and with very little enthusiasm, I ventured out with Ollie for a walk in Walsall Arboretum - and it turned out to be surprisingly pleasant. The wind dropped, the rain stopped and we meandered through the trees and ignored the muddy terrain, sticking mainly to the pathways. The trees … Continue reading Six from a Wet Walsall Arboretum!
Yet another wet week, giving very little opportunity for gardening, but I did manage to cut the grass yesterday and do some weeding and pruning during a dry couple of hours. It was better this morning, with bright sunshine and less wind, but the heavens opened again this afternoon just as I arrived home with … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Fungi!
It's been a dull but still today and I thought I'd have another attempt at getting some close up photographs with the macro lens Chris bought me for my birthday last year. I say another attempt because I'm finding this lens very challenging, particularly in selecting the area for the main focus point. Out of … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Macro
On a breezy but (so far) dry morning, I'm surprised to see that five of the plants I've chosen for today are having a late floral flush - maybe this shouldn't be unexpected as it's been such a warm September, even during the rain this week. As I write, the sun's made an appearance - … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Tales of the Unexpected!
I've lost count of the number of times I've heard people bemoaning the end of summer over the last 12 days - almost as if the start of Autumn equates to a period of mourning! Alright, I agree that not every day is ideal for the gardening enthusiast in Winter (although there's always something to … Continue reading Five Reasons to Love Autumn
The first week of Autumn brings a sense of both old and new; sadly many flowers are now spent for this year and leaves are started to gather on the ground - but exciting preparation for next year is beginning with bulb planting season upon us! It's also time to plant out young specimens grown … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Old and New