#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: Acts of kindness

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

#SixOnSaturday: Summer flower power

Over the last couple of weeks my garden has begun to transition from the dominance of spring flowers – tulips and forget-me-nots, with enthusiastic support from euphorbia and wallflowers – to the early signs of summer. Although there’s still quite a lot waiting in the wings, preparing for their big moment – including foxgloves, peonies, nigella and honeysuckle – over the last week the clematis … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Summer flower power

Garden snapshot: 8-20 Feb

I didn’t manage a garden snapshot last weekend so this one will cover the last couple of weeks, which is just as well as in that time I’ve managed far fewer daily forays into the garden. It’s probably no great surprise that I’ve found myself struggling over the last couple of weeks. When the weather got really cold I stopped going for a (more-or-less) daily … Continue reading Garden snapshot: 8-20 Feb