Six on Saturday | Autumn has arrived

September started off quite chilly and I was dismayed by how quickly the days shorten. Dark in the countryside really is dark. No street lights here. In contrast though the stars are bright as was the  “micro harvest moon” (so named because it is the smallest it has been for a while on account of…

Six on Saturday | Jewel Garden…

Monty Don has a ‘Jewel Garden’ (lucky him) where rich and vibrant flowering plants and shrubs are grown. Late summer and early autumn is the season for a blast of vibrancy in the garden and I have been working at this over the last year to increase flowering times and add colour. Last week we…

Six on Saturday | Late Summer

Back to my garden this week for a quick look around. I have been doing a bit of work in it over the past couple of weeks whenever I have had a spare moment. Both raised beds have been weeded thoroughly (though not thoroughly enough it appears) especially the removal of Forget-me-not seedlings of which…

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I am sitting on the Zen patio trying to read a book, but I am finding myself easily distracted. It’s hot. Though probably nothing like the recent heatwave temperatures suffered throughout Europe and most of the UK. Here the temperature is probably no more than 20°C but for some reason it always feels hotter than…

Six on Saturday | The Nectar Bar

Flowers rich in nectar attract butterflies to the garden. They love sun and a sheltered spot and tubular flowers to get their long feeding tongues into. Here are six butterfly friendly flowers I have growing in my garden. Field Scabious  (Knautia arvensis) is a tall, hairy, grassland perennial with a flower like head of blue-violet…

Six on Saturday | August

August is a strange month in the garden. The days are in equal length to those in April, but in April plants are awakening from their winter slumbers and putting on new growth, leafy buds are bursting out and the garden is clean and fresh and green and early spring bulbs add colour. In August…

Six on Saturday | Raised Herb Bed

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero. I love growing herbs. Not only for cooking with (and I shall confess that I generally use very few herbs in this way, mainly parsley, basil, chives, rosemary and thyme) but for the lovely smells when you crush the…

Six on Saturday | Bees and Butterflies

In late summer last year I completed my project to create a gravel garden on the sunniest side of my plot. One of the final pieces was developing a Bee and Butterfly raised bed with predominantly blue, magenta and purple perennials. Daylily. My daylily which hadn’t flowered in three years was also transplanted here. To…

Six on Saturday | The Zen Patio

Come sit on the ‘Zen’ patio and enjoy a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc with me this week and we’ll have a look at what’s flowering here at the moment. The patio is directly off the conservatory/orangery and has one shady side (next door’s barn + two Goat Willow trees) and one side facing south…

Six on Saturday | Pelargoniums (2)

I wrote a post about these flowers last year, but I bought some new varieties in the autumn in small 6 cm pots and they are in flower now so I thought I would introduce you to them. In early May I  spent a weekend potting up all my older pellies and removing the cuttings…