Now and again, a plant strikes me as having so many attractive characteristics that it's a must grow - hardy, easy to maintain, vibrant colour, a long flowering period, attractive to pollinators and generally unfussy about where it lives. For me, rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm', awarded an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the RHS, is … Continue reading Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ AGM
This week, a more normal world would have brought us the Chelsea Flower Show, either via the BBC or a personal visit. We have never been to this legendary show, mainly because I just can't see the attraction of the crowds and what looks like a lot of jostling and manoeuvring in order to see … Continue reading Six on Saturday #MyChelseaGarden
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!
Yesterday afternoon, minutes before dusk and as I was finishing off in the garden, the bird chatter and whistling I'd been listening to suddenly notched up a few decibels - hundreds of starlings had landed in trees on the farm land opposite us in Wales, it was unbelievably loud! Suddenly silence fell; just as the … Continue reading Murmuration?
We're in Wales for the last Saturday of 2019 and it's still rather dull and damp weather wise - the garden isn't terribly appealing from the warmth of a fireside seat. However, on wrapping up and donning hat and gloves, a close inspection amongst the borders revealed all sorts of newness springing forth, making for … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Goodbye 2019!
With just four days to Christmas, it seems only right to feature a festive six today and I think we're probably all eager to brighten up yet another damp and gloomy week! We went and collected our tree last weekend, it's now festooned with the baubles we've gathered over many years and is lifting the … Continue reading A Festive Six on Saturday
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!