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…