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…

December thoughts: Six on Saturday (04 Dec 21)

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)

Almost Over: Six on Saturday (27 Nov 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)