We gardeners are so fortunate to have the distraction of our gardens at this grim and scary time - I can't imagine being confined at home without any outdoor space and of course there are many people who aren't so lucky. We've had a really busy week, Chris working hard in the front garden and … Continue reading Six on Saturday – A good digging workout!
I'm going to have to start this weeks SOS (as I'm an NHS worker), reiterating the plea to follow instructions and stay at home - our safety and the safety of our emergency services depends on our co-operation. That said, I cannot imagine any gardener (being instinctive nurturers), acting in any way other than in … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Life is Better in the Garden
In the midst of these scarily crazy times, our gardens give us solace and provide a greater than usual safe haven. Once outside, pottering in the borders and even tackling more ambitious jobs, we've found a measure of calm that is rather hard to achieve as the anxiety surrounding future months grows. My six today … Continue reading Six on Saturday
This week has been hectic and if when I woke up this morning it hadn't been blatantly obvious that spring had arrived, I might have felt a little worn out. But today my winter coat wasn't necessary when out walking with Ollie and yesterday I actually sat outside on one of our benches in the … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Spring has Sprung!
For many reasons, the hellebore is my favourite winter flowering plant. Although I love a swathe of crocus or a blanket of snow drops along a woodland walk (and their impact is undeniable), they are so short lived, entertaining us for just two to three weeks each year. Winter flowering shrubs provide a great backdrop, … Continue reading Hellebore Heaven
It's getting increasingly difficult to refrain from having a serious moan about the weather, but I'm going to try! We woke up this morning determined to get in the garden and do some jobs that are normally done in February and I set a target of six. So having taken Ollie to Sutton Park for … Continue reading Six Jobs on Saturday
Today (my day off), didn't quite go to plan, the game of golf and the rose pruning were off and there are no prizes for guessing why - the weather again! However, I had an alternative mission by lunchtime as the batch of seeds I ordered on Saturday from Sea Spring Seeds, arrived in today's … Continue reading Seed Sowing – All Systems Go!
If the forecast is to be trusted, it seems that today we had the calm before the storm - and it has certainly been a bright and sunny day! After a busy and challenging week, I've calmed down and taken stock - the garden needs my attention and seed sowing should be a priority over … Continue reading Six on Saturday
It's the 31st January and the last day of Becky at the Life of B's JanuaryLights# square photo challenge. I've four for the finale today: Frogs are abundant in our pond, here is one caught in a spotlight! Sea holly in a sun trap, creating it's own starlight! A pathway through sunlight! And finally....skylight over … Continue reading Spotlight, Starlight, Sunlight and Skylight!
For the penultimate day in Becky at the Life of B's JanuaryLights# square photo challenge, I've chosen three photos of blossom in sunlight - in anticipation of spring being just around the corner! Amelanchier lamarckii is a lovely small tree, growing to a height and spread of approximately 8 x 4 metres after 10 years, … Continue reading Blossom in Sunlight