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…

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….