Today I visited Stoneywell for the first time. It’s one of the National Trust‘s newest acquisitions and although I’ve been aware of it since it first opened in 2015 I hadn’t got round to a visit. Its significance comes from its association with the Arts and Crafts movement; it was built by Ernest Gimson – a contemporary of William Morris et al – who designed … Continue reading Stoneywell, Leicestershire
I love hostas! I can’t really remember when I bought my first one but it must be the best part of twenty years ago. Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Hosta Heaven
A springtime tour through my parents’ garden… Continue reading The Easter Garden
It feels like the gardening year has finally begun in earnest! Continue reading Are you sitting comfortably?
It’s been a tough year, but my garden’s one of the things that’s got me through it… Continue reading So this is Christmas…
It seems like ages since I’ve done a #SixOnSaturday! Work’s been busy and stressful and then I had ten days annual leave, mostly spent house- and granny-sitting for my parents. In that time my garden’s basically had to fend for itself a bit so its it’s looking a little the worse for wear at the moment. No matter: onwards and upwards! My six… 1. Verbena … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Worth the wait?!
I’ve spent almost no time at all in the garden this week, and last weekend spent more time in a friend’s garden than in my own, so feeling a bit disconnected from it today. By extension I’ve not done a lot of watering so things are struggling a bit, the irony being that over the last couple of days I’ve been trying to get back … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Soggy Saturday
What happens when you send a friend an unsolicited text offering to help them out with their garden…? Continue reading I’ll be there for you (When your garden needs some work)
Another rule-breaking #SixOnSaturday, this time featuring five pics and seven plants, posted on a Sunday! Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Seven on Sunday!
in which I desperately scrabble around in the garden to find some actual flowers… Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Flower Power?
Want to explore almost forty back gardens in a single day out? Then get yourself to Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland! Barnsdale was the home of Gardeners’ World for most of the 1980s and early 90s, during Geoff Hamilton’s tenure at the helm (very much before my GW-watching time!) and evolved to become home to 38 individual gardens, all aiming to demonstrate or showcase a different … Continue reading Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland
…or knowing when to take stock and pat yourself on the back! Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: No comparison
This week’s #SixOnSaturday – the trials and tribulations of propagation! Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Less is more
I’ll be honest, I’m feeling slightly underwhelmed by this week’s #SixOnSaturday selection! That’s partly because the garden just looks a bit of a mess, and in a teeny tiny garden untidiness can make it a bit tricky to spot the stuff that’s looking really good. But it’s also because I have a growing list of planting jobs that need to be done which will then … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: A garden snapshot