#SixOnSaturday: Cut flower power

I finally made it back from Waddesdon on Wednesday evening after almost four weeks away from Leicester. I really enjoyed my extended stay in Bucks but I was pretty apprehensive about the level of carnage I’d find in the house, garden and allotment when I got back! On balance I think the apprehension was justified, although by some miracle the allotment in particular had survived … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Cut flower power

#SixOnSaturday: Trowels, trees and tractors

So, I readily admit that this is probably one of my least interesting #SixOnSaturdays to date!!! The main reason for this is that having busted my knee a couple of weeks ago falling over on the way to the hairdresser’s, on Wednesday I busted the opposite ankle tripping over at work at Waddesdon! I’m currently held together with tubigrip and painkillers and spent yesterday afternoon … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Trowels, trees and tractors

#SixOnSaturday: Endurance watering

We’re back at Waddesdon Manor for #SixOnSaturday today. Watering was the dominant theme of my week this week, as it was in gardens across the UK during our little mini heatwave! On Monday I was posted to the greenhouse where I spent the whole day literally just watering. I think it’s the first time since I started my internship that I’ve had sole responsibility for … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Endurance watering

#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: Smashing the patriarchy…one formal lawn at a time

Although I regularly report back on my week at Waddesdon Manor, I realised a few days ago that I haven’t yet featured my internship in a #SixOnSaturday post. So to mark the fact that this week felt a bit like the start of a new phase, here we go! This was the week in which I started to gain a little bit of independence and, … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Smashing the patriarchy…one formal lawn at a time

#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: No rest for the wicked

It’s peak tulip season, as I’m sure is evident from the wealth of images from across gardening social media and blogs, so the time has come to join in the fun. As ever, I bought my tulips from Sarah Raven. The main image is from the Bold and Brilliant collection and I think it’s probably Mariette. Top right, Spring Green, bottom right, Groenland, and bottom … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: No rest for the wicked

#SixOnSaturday: Natural beauty

Slightly different perspective for #SixOnSaturday this week. My digs at Waddesdon are right next door to the parish church and for the last three weeks I’ve been meaning to take a wander through the churchyard. I appreciate that this might not appeal to everyone, but it’s clearly a very well-kept space, with regularly mown grass and a path lined with flowering trees which winds its … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Natural beauty

#SixOnSaturday: Softly, softly

Soft yellows and greens are the standout colours in my secret garden this weekend! A couple of years ago I bought a collection of four or five ferns. Most fell by the wayside a bit – largely due to my incompetence – but this athyrium niponicum ‘Ursula’s Red’ has quietly made itself at home. I initially planted it in one of my raised bed but … Continue reading #SixOnSaturday: Softly, softly