Six on Saturday | End of BST

This weekend is the end of British Summer Time. The clocks go back on Sunday morning and the evenings will start to draw in. I hate this time of year. November and December are the two months I would love to be anywhere but here. I loathe the rain, the greyness, the dampness, the darkness….

Six on Saturday | wet, wet, wet

Blimey! What a week! Thunderstorms, lightning, heavy rain and rainbows with some sunshine and intermittent blue skies. I haven’t really spent much time in the garden, though I did manage to plant a couple of my tulips into the blue glazed pots after removing the Cosmos that had pretty much finished. I have cut down…

Six on Saturday | Mid October Edition 2019

With the jet stream bringing wet weather over from the Atlantic this week has not been one for getting into the garden. Bulbs still remain unplanted, though I did manage to spend a dry afternoon planting some destined for the raised bed. Narcissi, tulips, iris reticulata and muscari will hopefully provide some lovely colour in…

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…