The sunflower: Six on Saturday: 26 Feb 2022

It’s difficult to ignore the awful fact that there’s now a war in Europe. So my first photo for this week’s Six on Saturday is of a sunflower, which is the national flower of Ukraine and which I post here as a small gesture of solidarity with the Ukrainian people. I discovered that sunflowers are widely grown in Ukraine, which has rich soil that they … Continue reading The sunflower: Six on Saturday: 26 Feb 2022

It’s stormy! Six on Saturday: 19 Feb 2022

As I write this, we’re being well and truly battered by storm Eunice, which is making its presence felt in many a garden in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands…coming off the English channel, the winds hit Flanders at 133km/hr (=82 miles/hr). Living here now, watching the big lime trees (Tilia x europaea) adjoining our house and garden sway this way and that, I’m … Continue reading It’s stormy! Six on Saturday: 19 Feb 2022

Six on Saturday: 12 Feb 2022: too many children

I’m back after a lovely trip to Spa last weekend, where, like Victorians of old, we took the waters. A genteel town nestled in a wooded valley in the Ardennes, with thermal baths housed in a beautiful building among the trees. Like a mix of Japanese forest bathing, and actual bathing; inspired. But onto more practical matters for this week’s Six on Saturday: 1 Houseplant … Continue reading Six on Saturday: 12 Feb 2022: too many children

Podcasts and paths: 29 Jan 2022: Six on Saturday

I was once told that in winter it’s best to eat lots of comforting food and not look too closely at oneself in the mirror. It’s good advice, which I follow, and I am extending it to not expecting too much of the garden – of course it looks dreary, it’s the end of January and we are shrouded in foggy grey damp dullness: So … Continue reading Podcasts and paths: 29 Jan 2022: Six on Saturday

22 Jan 2022: Glade you could make it

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

Six on Saturday: 15 Jan 2022: party time

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

Plants to celebrate the Light of Winter

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

A week of flowers, or even just a day…

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…