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
Summer weather this year has been a heady mix for plants and trees in our garden in Wales, growth rates have been phenomenal! We hadn't been for a couple of weeks and as our most recent visits have been full of social gatherings, there's been little opportunity for garden maintenance. As a result we were … Continue reading Busy in Wales!
After a few wet days, the sun's out for what looks like a lovely August bank holiday weekend in Wales! I can almost smell the barbecue Chris is planning for this evening, but in the meantime, I've enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the garden with my camera. It's certainly looking great - after all the … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Oh what a beautiful morning!
Between showers, thunderstorms (and going to work), it's been a busy week in the garden - lots to cut back, deadhead or dig out! There's a distinctly Autumnal feel creeping in that's not yet welcome - I'm hoping for some warmer sunnier days during the next couple of weeks. So to remind myself that it … Continue reading Six on Saturday
Despite the wind last Saturday, we decided to take an afternoon out at the Trentham Estate in Staffordshire - it's a favourite of mine and I particularly wanted to see this years meadow planting around Capability Brown's lake. These meadows were originally designed by Nigel Dunnett and have recently featured on BBC's Gardeners World - … Continue reading A Windy Day at Trentham Gardens