A slight departure from my usual Six-on-Saturday format this week, as I didn’t manage to find time to take photos, and I wanted to concentrate on that niggling, troublesome part of my garden, the scene of past and present plant deaths and several re-workings: the glade. Those of you who were reading last week will know that I have finally started work on the bark-chip … Continue reading 22 Jan 2022: Glade you could make it
After a short break in the Ardennes last week for my birthday (snowy treks, a visit to a war museum, an unexpected detour to Luxembourg, but no parties, absolutely no parties, not even ‘work’ ones, not even the ones where you send someone out with a suitcase to get booze, not even one held during a national lockdown when nobody else is allowed a party! … Continue reading Six on Saturday: 15 Jan 2022: party time
Am just emerging from the fuzziness of illness and finally feel like I have some energy again. It’s a good feeling, and the sun has finally come out, and it’s New Year’s day, so it’s high time for another horticultural delve into Six on Saturday. 1 Hellebore. A Christmas rose, a well-chosen Christmas gift from my son. About the only thing looking good on my … Continue reading New Year’s Six on Saturday
Wishing everyone a happy day and contented times ahead. I’ve succumbed to a cold and am trying not to sneeze on my cat. Nothing is perfect in this world but we’ll make the best of it! Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Here comes the sun! A perfect winter solstice morning, marking the death of the old sun and the birth of the new sun of the new year. The shortest day and the longest night of the year. The good news: every day from now on is a day closer to spring for Northern Hemisphere dwellers. Continue reading Happy Winter Solstice!
Another year draws to an end, and new beginnings are afoot in the garden. I have to admit that I used up most of the pretty pictures for my post about the solstice earlier this week, so this is a less romantic post, but with a few Christmasy bits thrown in. It’s another gloomy old day, shrouded in fog, but indoors the decorations are quite … Continue reading Six on Saturday: 18 Dec 21
I am impatiently awaiting 21 December, the winter solstice that marks the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Although I am not a Druid or a hippy, the solstice feels almost more important that Christmas. The two festivals are in fact deeply connected, as it turns out that many of our Christmas traditions originated in pagan rituals to mark this great big … Continue reading Plants to celebrate the Light of Winter
Today I am joining fellow gardening blogger Cathy of Words and Herbs who is celebrating all things floral and brightening up these drab winter days in the northern hemisphere. It’s uplifting to remember the garden in sunnier times and be reminded that they are coming round again, in a while! Without doubt my garden reaches peak flower-power in June, when it’s all roses, peonies, cat … Continue reading A week of flowers, or even just a day…
Gardens Illustrated recently published a post on Facebook detailing things to do in the garden in December, with the headline that December is ‘a busy, optimistic month’ for the gardener. The author of the article, Rosie Fyles, is the head gardener at Ham House, England, where things may indeed be busy and optimistic. I have to say, in all honesty, it’s very cold, wet and … Continue reading December thoughts: Six on Saturday (04 Dec 21)
I’m back for a Six on Saturday after a break last week when my cousin was over for a visit. Brrrrr, it’s getting chilly out there now. We’ve had a series of dull, drab, cold days, with just one lovely exception when the sun came out on Monday, and the forest beech trees were resplendent in copper and gold against a bright blue sky (above). … Continue reading Almost Over: Six on Saturday (27 Nov 21)