Tulip mania, Six on Saturday, 16 April 22

The Victorians were famous for being mad about tulips, which I think is totally understandable. They are gorgeous. So a warning for today’s post, there are a lot of tulip photos, well over the allotted ‘6’ but I’ll make a gallery and try to get away with it. To be truthful, I often return from holiday feeling a bit deflated, especially from a warm, bright … Continue reading Tulip mania, Six on Saturday, 16 April 22

Whoosh! Six on Saturday 09 Apr 22

The whoosh is what the plants are doing now after a few days of much, much appreciated rain. They are growing like the clappers, everything is fresh, the ground is soft, the colour green is dominant, pure and zingy, it’s all rather thrilling (after some rather shocking snow on April fool’s day, we hope that’s over and done with). There’s lots to do now: more … Continue reading Whoosh! Six on Saturday 09 Apr 22

Clematis steals the show: six on Saturday: 26 March 22

Hello from sunny Brussels! There’s no competition for the top slot on this week’s six on Saturday garden tour – it has to go to the Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’, full of the joys of spring, and the incredibly lovely weather we’ve been having makes it even better. Its browning leaves are forgiven and forgotten. This year I will try to water it in summer, … Continue reading Clematis steals the show: six on Saturday: 26 March 22

Springtime: Six on Saturday: 12 March 22

We’ve been enjoying the sunshine this week, it’s almost impossible to resist the temptation to go outside and get gardening. There’s plenty to do at this time: cutting back of dead growth to allow the new green shoots to come through unhindered, moving plants to better locations (an unhappy Rugosa rose to a sunnier position), weeding (or in my case eating my weeds – if … Continue reading Springtime: Six on Saturday: 12 March 22

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

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