Six on Saturday: 02 Oct 2021: Musical Chairs

It’s the best time of year to be moving plants, but once you get started, it’s like an interminable game of Musical Chairs, digging up a plant, putting another in its place, then having to find a new place for the first plant, finding one that has an occupant, moving that occupant, and so on, then realising you’ve run out of places and have a … Continue reading Six on Saturday: 02 Oct 2021: Musical Chairs

Persistence and the new allotment

“Sometimes the only super power you need is persistence”, observes the alien visiting our planet and trying to make sense of our frail, violent, mortal species of middling intelligence in Matt Haig’s excellent book, The Humans. The alien makes a lot of astute observations about us, and am thrilled to prove this particular one true: after more than two years of waiting, chasing, hunting down … Continue reading Persistence and the new allotment

Six on Saturday: 25 Sep 2021: Wishes and Karma

I’m publishing two posts today – a rather excitable one on the new allotment I’ve got a share in – and this week’s Six on Saturday, as there’s still plenty to revel in as September draws to a close. 1 Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish’ was an impulse buy as I was killing some time last Saturday afternoon while my son did his theatre class. There’s a … Continue reading Six on Saturday: 25 Sep 2021: Wishes and Karma

Six on Saturday: 11 Sep 21: Keep it in the family

This week’s Six on Saturday comes from my favourite section of Belgium’s botanical garden at Meise, just north of Brussels. It’s called the Cronquist garden (after the American botanist, Arthur Cronquist) and houses an enthralling collection of herbaceous plants, arranged neatly by family in beds – Cronquist was apparently instrumental in developing a new classification system for plant families. The beds are set off by … Continue reading Six on Saturday: 11 Sep 21: Keep it in the family

Six on Saturday: 04 Sep 2021: mellowing

Who captured the feel of autumn better than John Keats, with his ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’? Well, we are not quite there yet, it’s a bit early for mist, and fruitfulness is a bit disappointing, as we’ve had very few apples and no grapes this year. But there is most definitely a mellowing of the light, which is to be welcomed, making the … Continue reading Six on Saturday: 04 Sep 2021: mellowing

Six on Saturday: a Kentish coastal garden: 21 Aug 2021

This week’s six comes from my mother’s front garden on the Kentish coast. After considerable entanglement in red tape and form-filling and testing, I have made it to England at last. 1 Pebbles and stone. The weather has been rather dull and grey, but it still feels good to be back and to see the sea again. It’s a pebble beach here, and several pebbles … Continue reading Six on Saturday: a Kentish coastal garden: 21 Aug 2021

Six on Saturday: 31 July 2021: Save the insects!

It’s been a week of gusty winds and unsettled weather, but also of good-ish news: double-vaccinated EU residents are finally going to be allowed to travel to England without the need to quarantine, allowing families (like ours) to reunite. Except for anyone coming from or going through France to reach the shores of Albion, which we do. We’re told this is because there are cases … Continue reading Six on Saturday: 31 July 2021: Save the insects!