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…

Six on Saturday 15-06-19

Just a week short of the summer solstice and it feels like we are still stuck in perpetual spring. The evenings are stretching out but the warm days of last summer seem very far away. It has remained relatively cool and wet although never unpleasant and most plants in the garden are responding to the…

Six on Saturday 08-06-19

The rain has continued most days this week and looks set to stay for a while yet. To be honest I don’t really mind at all as it has obviated the need for any watering and with the exception of the greenhouse the hose has remained largely unused. Everything is growing at a furious rate…

Six on Saturday 01-06-19 Branklyn Garden Perth

Its June already! How on earth did that happen? It feels like it was only a few days ago that we were enjoying the first snowdrops and now we are in the throes of summer. Not that you would know it from looking outside. We have had a week of more or less continuous drizzle….

Six on Saturday 25-05-19

There are many different types of rain. It may not surprise you that the Scots have words for almost every type of rain in much the same way that the eskimo group of languages are fabled to have inumerable words for snow.*  ‘Drookit’ for example is the end result of driving rain that is brought in…

Six on Saturday 18-05-19

The garden is slipping inexorably these days from spring into summer. Transforming from being a child into an adult. Looking back to the first days of spring every emerging shoot and bud was met with the rapture of an expectant mother and each day of subsequent growth was watched over like an anxious but proud…

Six on Saturday 11-05-19

Heavy rain at the start of this week was almost a relief after a fairly dry spring. The pond is now nicely topped up, the salad leaves are breathing a sigh of relief and the weeds are throwing a party. A mixed blessing then. The evenings are stretching out and I often find myself bookmarking…

Six On Saturday 04-05-19

For the most part it has been good growing weather this week. The temperature has remained mild and there have been spells of cool drizzle, most often falling overnight. I usually get up early and have a stroll round the garden at dawn, still in my dressing gown. Even at this early hour the birds…

Six on Saturday 27-04-19

The week started off with one of the warmest Easter weekends on record and has finished with more familiar cool, misty, April drizzle. It was nature’s very own way of hardening off new growth and a perfect week to accelerate the procession of seedlings from greenhouse to cold frame to the garden. Herbaceous perennials are…