#SixOnSaturday: How the other half garden

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

#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

#FoliageFriday: Not-so-random acts of kindness

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

Garden snapshot: 21-27 March

I almost didn’t bother with a garden snapshot today – largely because I was out volunteering again – but then I thought that actually it might be nice to reflect just a little bit in the changes that the garden’s seen this month. Obviously the big one’s been the long-awaited arrival of the final raised bed. While on a lot of levels I wish I’d … Continue reading Garden snapshot: 21-27 March

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

#SixOnSaturday: Cuttings remarks

Although the garden is still doing some vaguely interesting things it would be tricky to do a ‘normal’ #SixOnSaturday that didn’t closely resemble those of the last couple of weeks. So I thought this week I’d show you a little of what’s been going on behind the scenes in the secret garden! I’m a bit fan of getting plants for free or very cheaply, and … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Cuttings remarks

#SixOnSaturday: (Nearly) good enough to eat

I’ve gone for edibles for my #SixOnSaturday this week. I wasn’t actually planning to grow veg this year – in such a small garden I’d decided I didn’t want to sacrifice space I’d rather use for flowers – but when COVID-19 hit I did what loads of other people did and raided my seed stash! So I’ve ended up with (clockwise from main image)… 1. … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: (Nearly) good enough to eat