#SixOnSaturday: The Platinum Jubilee edition

I’m back in my secret garden this week and it appears that I’ve managed – genuinely coincidentally – to rustle up an almost red, white and blue #SixOnSaturday! I acquired this astrantia – which I’m guessing might be ‘Shaggy’ – from the plant stall at Kelmarsh Hall last summer. I divided the clump into two; this half has done really well but the other has … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: The Platinum Jubilee edition

#SixOnSaturday: Budding stars

My secret garden is going through what I hope will be a brief transition phase. The daffodils and grape hyacinth are finished. The tulips – almost universally underwhelming this year – won’t be around much longer. But the garden is full of buds. I acquired this astrantia from the plant stall at Kelmarsh Hall about this time last year. So far as I can remember … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Budding stars

#SixOnSaturday: A blue and whiter shade of pale

I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden this week, mainly just sitting and soaking up as much Vitamin D as possible! That’s not to say I haven’t gardened, more that the gardening I have done has been overwhelmingly of the indoor pricking out and potting on variety. After last week’s splash of oranges, yellows and purples, this Saturday the spotlight is on those … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: A blue and whiter shade of pale

#SixOnSaturday: The perks of being a wallflower

You knew it was only a matter of time! Now that the daffodils have finished, the biggest hits of colour in my garden are coming from the wallflowers (erysimum) and I love them! The main image in the top collage is of a group of pots immediately outside my back door (which is 50% window) which means I walk past them all the time. It’s … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: The perks of being a wallflower

#SixOnSaturday: A view from the bench

I’ve gone for a slightly different approach to #SixOnSaturday this week, inspired by the view from my bench as I’ve either soaked up the sun or shivered in the cold this week! Simply put, this is what I see directly in front of me whenever I sit in the garden. I’m not sure I can claim that this is a ‘planting scheme’ that I’ve planned … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: A view from the bench

Garden snapshot: 1 Feb – 6 March

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a garden snapshot, mainly because two weeks ago I was down in London and therefore I wasn’t shooting much in my garden! The benefit of that is, of course, that in that time things in the garden have definitely begun to change. The cerinthe major (above), for example, is looking really happy in its new home … Continue reading Garden snapshot: 1 Feb – 6 March

#SixOnSaturday: Hellebore happiness

The most significant thing that’s happened in the garden this week is that it’s started to recover from the sub-zero temperatures of the week before. The cold finally finished off last summer’s lobelia and put paid to any possibility that the verbena bonariensis would simply pick up where they left off last year. That latter is more disappointing than the former but I can live … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Hellebore happiness

#SixOnSaturday: In the beginning…

Happy New Year! What a rollercoaster that was!!! But I don’t feel inclined to linger on what’s gone before; it’s time to press onwards and upwards… I started this blog almost three years ago, in February 2018, as something to do during a short period when my mental health was a bit ropey. That year I posted very infrequently, in 2019 I did a little … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: In the beginning…

#SixOnSaturday: Home sweet home!

I can’t tell you how brilliant it is to be back in my secret garden for #SixOnSaturday this week! I arrived back in Leicester on Monday having decided that, while the city is still under lockdown, for me the rest of life had shifted sufficiently that living on my own in these circumstances was unlikely to be detrimental to my mental health. In the time … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Home sweet home!