Six on Saturday | Then and Now

It is five years since I moved to this house and this garden. During 2016 I did nothing very much except to watch and wait, recording what grew each month and to release some of the container grown plants that had accompanied me on the move (with little thought about where). I thought it might…

Six on Saturday | Pollinator Plants

Last year I cleared out a patch of my garden which is next to the patio. I have wondered if a pond used to be here as the plants growing there were all bog garden / pondside plants – Filipendula ulmaria / meadowsweet, Mentha aquatica / water mint, Iris pseudacorus / yellow flag, Japanese anemones…

Six on Saturday | Herb Bed

Time for another look at the raised herb bed at the back of the garden. Things seem to have got a bit out of hand this year after a very slow start and there will be some serious culling after they have finished flowering. (1) Not all the plants in this bed are actual herbs….

July Squares

This month Becky is running her square challenge where the only rule is that the main photo must be square – not rectangular – 4 equal sides. The subject this July is ‘Trees’. You are quite free to interpret that any way you want and post as frequently as you want. As I am running…

Black and White Sketch

I can’t go into much detail as to how this picture was created as it is simply one of the photo editing effects on my phone. Originally taken in colour I simply scroll along to the black and white pencil sketch and save. There are a lot of effects on the phone, my favourite is…

Six on Saturday | Yellow and Purple

It’s been a wet and windy week so work has stopped on the new gravelled area, though turf has been removed. And I have been considering a few more changes. Towards the back of the garden in the raised beds area there is a lot of yellow and purple, which made me look around my…

Six on Saturday | July Jewels

I don’t feel like I have done anything in the garden this week except for endless weeding. How DO you get rid of bindweed? I have got more pebbles and cobbles and finally found the energy to finish removing the turf yesterday. I’ll leave it a few days to settle and then get the plants…

last photo

Brian (aka Bushboy) is running a monthly challenge where he asks you to post the last photo on your SD card. The rules are simple: 1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for June. 2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed…

Hayle: Carnsew Pool & River

On my way to the supermarket last week I was distracted by the colour of the water as I crossed the causeway. I am used to seeing shades of aquamarine in the sea, but rarely this colour in the river. So before doing the weekly shop I had a stroll along the river. It was…

Six on Saturday | Gravel Garden Part 3

Another odd sort of week with sunshine and fog and varying temperatures! I have been working on the new section of the gravel garden, planting some new plants and emptying all my spring bulb containers. That was a horrid job and nearly every container had a mass of slugs hiding at the bottom. Most very…