I’m mostly revisiting some old garden friends for #SixOnSaturday this week. This sarcococca is just outside my backdoor and at this time of year the scent is almost overpowering. It probably needs potting on and I should really try taking some cuttings so I can share the love. The perennial wallflower (top right) and euphorbia purpurascens (bottom left) are in at least their third and … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Old friends
This week I’ve been back volunteering at Launde Abbey for the first time since early December. It was literally freezing cold on Thursday but three hours of winter tidying – mostly dead-heading and weeding for me – certainly kept us all warm! It was great to see the group of ten or so regular volunteers again, and there was much catching up about Christmas and … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: How the other half garden
The focus of today’s #SixOnSaturday is motivated by two things. The first is, frankly, that I have no interested in braving the damp, the cold and the gloom on the off-chance that there might be six interesting things going on in the garden! But the second is that I wanted to reflect a bit more on my decision to attempt to be a bit more … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Acts of kindness
Inevitably, it’s a very soggy #SixOnSaturday this morning!! Although the garden is – appropriately- looking very January-ish at the moment, there are gratifying signs of new life almost everywhere I look. Two of this week’s six – the tray of primulas and the pots of dianthus – come courtesy of the reduced benches of my local garden centre. The primulas will just go into the … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Turning over a new leaf
I very rarely blog about #FoliageFriday (not least because I haven’t done it for a while!) but I wanted to give a bit of context to today’s contribution and maybe inspire you (how grandiose!) to do your own random acts of kindness this year! Regular readers of the blog will know that I do like a bit of propagation. The knock-on effect of this is … Continue reading #FoliageFriday: Not-so-random acts of kindness
Happy new year, everyone! I’m currently sitting at my parents’ dining table with a cup of tea and a last mince pie, grateful not just that 2021 is finally behind us but that 2022 has arrived bringing actual sunshine!! In the next couple of hours I’ll be shoving what feels like all my worldly goods – but is actually just the detritus of Christmas and … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Happy New Gardening Year!
A slightly different #SixOnSaturday from me this week! Yesterday I went to visit a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project at Stanford Hall in south west Leicestershire. I have to confess that until a friend of mine told me about the project, which she’d stumbled across on Instagram, I’d never heard of CSAs before. I’m still hazy on the details – I need to do some … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Out and about
So, certainly for the first time since I’ve been living in Leicestershire, we had snow in November! It’s rapidly disappearing now, but it did make venturing out into the garden to snap some pictures for #SixOnSaturday a rather chilly experience! Given that most of the garden is inevitably looking a bit bedraggled I thought I’d give you a sneaky peek under the plastic covers of … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Baby, it’s cold outside!
Well, I’ve made it back for #SixOnSaturday again this week! I love heucheras but I’ve had mixed success with them in this garden. Notoriously susceptible to vine weevils, they can be difficult to keep alive in pots, but I’ve had more success with them in the raised beds. Given that vine weevils have been largely conspicuous by their absence this year, I’ve taken a risk … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Autumn tones
Five months to be precise. A lot has happened in that time; some of it good, quite a lot of it really not great. But let’s skip over that for the time being and focus on my first #SixOnSaturday since June! It’s a mixture of old faithfuls and new arrivals today! This bright pink azalea, which may or may not be flowering several months too … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: It’s been a while!