#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: Purple (and pink) patch

This week I’ve been reminded, not for the first time, how much of what might be considered ‘successful’ gardening is just a fluke. As summer really starts to shine on my garden I’m surrounded yet again by evidence of rules broken, the main one on this occasion being that if you only have a small space you should stick to a limited variety of plants. … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Purple (and pink) patch

#SixOnSaturday: Calm before the storm

Sitting in the garden earlier this week I was struck by how lovely the corner closest to the house was looking. With half an eye to today, I decided to take some photos. I’m glad I did as a quick turn this morning show the extent of the destruction wrought both by the weather this week and a not-small creature – presumably either a cat … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Calm before the storm

#SixOnSaturday: Green and pleasant land

Given that it was tipping it down with rain when I went outside to take photos this morning, I decided I’d do a really straightforward snapshot of the garden for #SixOnSaturday, rather than focusing on individual plants. My main observation would be that plants which have been allowed to grow undisturbed for a year are really starting to thrive. This is particularly true for the … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Green and pleasant land

#SixOnSaturday: Bed time stories

In light of the fact that I finally got round to assembling my last raised bed last weekend, I thought the time was probably right to focus on what’s been going on in them. Conveniently, there are six raised beds (sort of…!) which that means this week’s #SixOnSaturday has required marginally fewer mental gymnastics than my tiny garden sometimes requires! Unfortunately, the aforementioned tinyness of … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Bed time stories

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