I can't believe it's the last day of February already! The first of March marks the beginning of the season ahead and after a distinctly spring like day, I'm happily optimistic about the months to come. I've been reflecting on our winter garden over the last few weeks, for as we've been so restricted, flowering … Continue reading Winter Shrubs
With this week delivering more than a glimmer of hope for spring and summer after a long and dark winter, the sun has also been shining on us over the last few days - my mood is certainly lifting! Taking full advantage this morning, I was up early and in Walsall Arboretum enjoying the visual … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Simply Crocus
It's been a few weeks since I've posted, given the current circumstances it's amazing how time still seems to fly. So far this year I've had a big birthday, been extra busy at work (still from the home office), bought a wide selection of seeds and had a laptop drama - it crashed as I … Continue reading Six on Saturday – hellebores and co…..
One week down, 51 to go - let's hope only a fraction of them are spent in lockdown and we get on top of this devastating virus sooner rather than later. We've got some resolutions for the New Year and aside from plans for the garden we decided to do a 'dry January' - I'm … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Greenhouse Prep
The thing about taking photographs is that when you're stuck for ideas about, well - highlights of a year like 2020, you've got a pictorial journal to remind you. For although 2020 has been really awful on so many levels, today I'm taking a look back through the pictures I've taken and lo and behold, … Continue reading 2020 – Top Gardening Highlights
I didn't intend to be so late today but I'd just uploaded my six photos and started to write when the live news came on and we all found out that the Christmas we were looking forward to was not to be. We had already decided against stretching it to the limit, but we were … Continue reading Six on Saturday – ‘Tis the Saturday before Christmas!
Having been given a tiny bit of freedom (from lockdown) this week, I'm in my parents elegant garden on a cold but sunny morning. I'm sure I got the gardening bug from my mom - she's a plantswoman through and through and the variety of flora still flourishing in her garden on the first Saturday … Continue reading Six on Saturday from an Elegant Garden
What a week! We've experienced a journey out of lockdown and straight into Tier 3, the golf course re-opened but then then shut again due to rain and work continued from home as usual - but at least I am now able to enter my parent's garden to see not just my mom and dad, … Continue reading Fatsia Japonica
Weather-wise, having been mainly dry and mild over the last few days, it's been a perfect gardening week for those of us tackling a clay soil. With no golf at the moment, there's been a greater opportunity to be outside working in the garden - Chris has been hedge cutting and when not at work, … Continue reading Six on a busy Saturday
Over the last few months as I've been out and about in enchanting areas photographing and observing wild flowers, I've been struck not only by the fullness and colour of our wonderful landscape but also by how naturally occurring scenes are more than capable of inspiring a naturalistic garden design. I should stress that I'm … Continue reading Wild Inspiration – Creating a Naturalistic Garden