#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: Happy New Gardening Year!

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!

#SixOnSaturday: Baby, it’s cold outside!

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!

#SixOnSaturday: Autumn tones

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

#SixOnSaturday: It’s been a while!

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!

Garden snapshot: 14-20 March

For the first time this year, I feel like this week has been book-ended by genuine gardening and that’s been brilliant! It started last Sunday when I finally got round to assembling and planting up the last of the six raised beds which now form the backbone of my garden. I bought the kits from my local B&Q under their Verve brand but I spotted … Continue reading Garden snapshot: 14-20 March

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: Some things old, some things new

I’ve not had a great week this week. I’ve struggled with the generally gloominess of the weather and in terms of my mood and ability to concentrate every day has been different which is unusual for me. On Thursday the obvious solution to all this – after I’d dragged myself through two hours of work and then given up – was to take myself off … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Some things old, some things new

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