Six On Saturday 07-12-19

We are just two weeks out from the biggest turning point of the gardening year – the shortest day. Perhaps it is a delusion of mine, but once we get to the 22nd December it feels like the worst is over and the only way is up! This time of year can be challenging; cold,…

Six On Saturday 30-11-19

December begins tomorrow and the week has ended more or less where it began with some very cold nights and crisp clear days. In between we did have a few days where it was relatively mild and it is a wonder that plants don’t find this all rather confusing. After the first hard frosts there…

Six On Saturday 23-11-19

We had a bit of a cold snap this week and a few days where the temperature didn’t really get much above zero. It stayed dry and windless though with beautiful sunrises over the fields, crisp frost underfoot and a golden light illuminating the winter garden. If I am not mistaken there are only six…

Six on Saturday 16-11-19 ‘The Last Flowers’

Autumn seemed to be the shortest of seasons. This week has felt increasingly in the grip of winter and the temperature has rarely been far above freezing. This morning I was listening to a reading of Keats ode To Autumn on the car radio at the same time as I was scraping ice of the…

Six On Saturday 09-11-19

It was bonfire night this week and as the last fireworks went off we stood huddled together, watching the embers glow. It felt like a last act of defiance before the onset of winter. It might be some time now before we feel the warmth on our faces again. This morning the pond was frozen…

Six On Saturday 02-11-19

Is been a decidedly ‘dreich‘ week since the clocks went back last weekend. The combination of darkness and drizzle hasn’t left an awful lot of time for the garden. Yet this morning the sun is shining, the air is still and it is surprisingly mild compared to the harsh frosts of last week. The list…

Six On Saturday 26-10-19

The end of October and so the clocks will be changing tonight. Of course it is not the clocks that change – it is us. We will spend more time indoors, more time in the dark and any fleeting time spent in the garden becomes all the more precious. I think someone once said that…

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…