Six on Saturday 23-03-19 ‘Balance’

The March hare is continuing on at a frantic pace although some days it is hard to know where he is leading us. This week was the vernal equinox – the time of the year when there is exactly the same amount of light and darkness in the day. For the first time since 1905 this coincided with a…

Six on Saturday 16-03-19

One step forward, one step back. So it goes sometimes in March, a rather stop start kind of month. After the mild weather at the end of February we have returned to more familiar cold, wet days. It is nowhere near as bad as this time last year when there were snow drifts several feet…

Six on Saturday 09-03-19 ‘Serendipity’

“Serendipity noun. The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” We may have only just begun the gardening year but already we are saying goodbye to some of our first guests. It feels like it has only been moments since we were introduced. The snowdrops and aconites are fading and the…

Six on Saturday 02-03-19 ‘The Bee Line’

At the start of the year I was writing that the bees would soon be emerging from their period of winter dormancy and beginning to explore the emerging spring. Someone kindly remarked that our bees seem to enjoy a particularly nice view from their hive. I agree. But then I started to think about how…

Six on Saturday 23-02-19

You cannot put a Fire out— A Thing that can ignite Can go, itself, without a Fan— Upon the slowest Night— Emily Dickinson* The unseasonably mild weather has continued into this week. All around the garden, among the ashes of winter, we come across small embers from last year. We thought the fire had gone…

Six On Saturday 16-02-19

There is a definite sense of change in the garden this week. Last week we were scarcely above freezing yet this week feels mild and spring-like. The snowdrops, primroses and hellebores are in the midst of their opening number and you can sense the bustle of a multitude of other spring bulbs dusting down their…

My first ‘Six on Saturday’ 09-02-19

This is my first attempt at joining in with the wonderful ‘Six on Saturday’ meme hosted at the propagator blog. The simple idea is to find six things that are in some way connected with the garden (or the concept of gardening) every Saturday and to share these with garden bloggers all around the world….

A hobble around the garden

The 1st of February and one of the coldest days of the year where the daytime temperature hasn’t yet nudged above freezing. You would think that life would be suspended in animation but you would be wrong. Not only is there a surprising array of colour and texture but there are buds, leaves and stems…

The story so far part 4…

This the last part of a review of how the garden came into its current state. We have covered five years or so while wandering anti-clockwise starting at the front garden path and will finish at the top of the back garden. The back garden was already terraced and the uppermost part had grown wild…

The story so far part 3…

The back garden was, if anything, more overgrown than the front to begin with. Terraced over four levels, most of the furthest away ground was completely wild with brambles, sycamores, beech and birch saplings. All were creeping up between broken slabs, rocks and piles of earth. Willow herb, nettles and hypericum invaded every corner of…