Six On Saturday 19-10-19 ‘Jardin del Turia’

When is a river not a river? Imagine walking along a river without any water but instead a flow of vegetation that winds through the city towards the sea. In 1957 the city of Valencia suffered the worst of one of the many floods that have afflicted it when the Turia river burst its banks…

Six On Saturday 12-10-19

There hasn’t been an awful lot of spare time for the garden this week and this has been compounded by bad weather and lack of daylight. The garden is now in retreat but thats ok. Both the garden and I need a rest from each other and rather than resent the approach of winter I…

Six On Saturday 05-10-19 ‘Berries’

It has been a pleasant start to October although it has been undeniably cooler at night.  A fresh easterly wind brought with it the first noticable ground frost of the year. With a couple more frosts the last few half-hardy annuals will soon give up the ghost. There are other decorations starting to appear just…

Six On Saturday 28-09-19

The first day of autumn arrived this week. It has remained mild but wet and the first frosts feel like they are not far away, they may even have started. In between the showers though the sun has broken through in its magical autumnal way. Winter in the garden is a time for planning and…

Six On Saturday 21-09-19

It is only mid September but the honeybees are well into their winter preparation by now. At this time of year there a few priorities for the beekeeper to maximise the chances of the colony surviving through the winter. The first is to ensure that they have built up enough stores of food. Not so…

Six On Saturday 14-09-19 Dry Stone

The lost words is a beautiful book from 2017 written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. It was inspired by the news that a widely used dictionary for children had decided it would no longer include words like ‘wren’ or ‘acorn’ because children were no longer able to identify these things or to…

Six On Saturday 07-09-19

It is nearly dark by 8.30 in the evening now and the light evenings will continue to shrink down week by week until the clocks change next month. There is one benefit though of the sun not rising so far above the horizon.  There is a unique quality to the light that shines in the…

Six On Saturday 31-08-19

Another week has gone by without spending quite as much time as I would like in the garden. A mixture of erratic weather and having a lot of other things to do has meant that gardening jobs are being pushed back or simply added to the growing list of ‘things to be done’ in autumn….

Six On Saturday 24-08-19

August drifts on gently and we may yet have a few more warm days to come. As a result of the large amount of rain this month the garden is looking far lusher than it might normally do at this time of year. The hoses are still largely unused, the grass remains green (where the…

Six On Saturday 17-08-19

As I knew deep down that it would, the garden has revived a little after last weeks deluge. A good bit of clearing, weeding, and deadheading might mean that it may just about keep afloat for a little longer yet. We are a couple of months on from the longest day and there is a…