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…

Six On Saturday 10-08-19

Oh my word it has been wet. There has been more rain this week than in the whole summer prior to August. In old films when they were pretending to be on the high seas, they would have the film crew throw buckets of water from off screen on to the unfortunate cast. This is…

Six On Saturday 03-08-19

Only having four seasons in a year doesn’t seem to be quite enough somehow. There are all the in-between stages when it doesn’t quite feel like one thing or another. It is August and we are seven months into the year. Meteorological summer doesn’t end until September and yet there are hints that something else…

Six On Saturday 27-07-19 ‘Amsterdam’

Summer holidays bring a welcome chance to take a break from the garden routine and to appreciate the natural world a little further afield. I just arrived back home this morning from a fortnight in the Netherlands, a country with a long and complex relationship with botany, trade and horticulture that extends from the 15th…

Six On Saturday 20-07-19 “Cambo walled garden”

There comes a time in persons life when they just have to face up to the cold hard realisation that they are never going to have a walled garden! There is something about the intimacy, secrecy and escapism of a garden hidden inside a walled perimeter that has long made them such enticing places in…

Six On Saturday 13-07-19 “A bench safari”

It is nearly time for summer holidays but exploration doesn’t always have to entail travelling far from home. In 1794 the French writer Xavier de Maistre wrote a novel entitled ‘A journey around my room‘ in which the entire story takes place within the confines of the protagonist’s own bedroom. It was a parody of…

Six On Saturday 06-07-19

Sunshine, thunderstorms, rain, winds, drizzle. In other words a very typical Scottish summer this week. The garden is a little straggly and on edge just now as if the plants themselves are bristling with the electric charge in the air. Soon many of the herbaceous plants, those whose flowers are on the wane, will get…

Six on Saturday 29-06-19

Midsummers day may have passed but this week felt as though summer had only just started after a very long spring! As we move into July so the balance swings gently from ‘growing’ the garden to ‘maintaining’ the garden. It is as if we started off cycling up hill and could only focus on getting…

Solstice on Saturday Part 2 ‘Dusk’

…16 hours later and the sun is over the horizon yet the atmospheric light is still bright enough to see clearly. Everything seems so much calmer than it did at dawn. The occasional bird song is much less insistent and the buzz of bees has faded away though the silent industry of aphids, pond skaters,…

Solstice on Saturday Part 1 ‘Dawn’

The summer solstice, the longest day, the point at which the northern hemisphere is maximally tilted towards the sun. The beginning of astronomical summer that will end with the autumnal equinox in late September. If the vernal equinox represented the point at which life in the garden began to ignite, the summer equinox is the…