The Tea Break Gardener

A blog for the laid-back gardener

Gardening tips, nature-inspired interiors and easy floristry.

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 21.07.18

2018-07-21T08:05:33+00:00 July 21st, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees, Greenhouse plants and growing techniques, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg, My gardening week - six on saturday|

This week I've been weather watching as I gear up for my local Flower Show and have been monitoring the temperature fluctuations in my greenhouse.  I've been missing my usual range of home grown vegetables but delighting in how advanced the dahlias are. Greenhouse temperature monitoring I'm not one for [...]

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 30.06.18

2018-06-30T07:12:13+00:00 June 30th, 2018|Greenhouse plants and growing techniques, Indoor and greenhouse plants, My gardening week - six on saturday|

To quote the brilliant TV comedy The Fast Show, this week has been "Scorchio" and the temperature in my greenhouse has been in the thirties. Despite this, the lure of my new greenhouse is unshakeable. This week I'm focussing my six on ornamental plants in the greenhouse. Some I've grown [...]

Show Time! – a beginners guide to showing fruit, veg and flowers

2018-06-28T07:17:55+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Book Reviews, Cut Flowers and Flower Arranging Material, Garden Plants and Trees, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg|

Who doesn’t love a traditional village show? As the holiday season approaches organisers air the beer tent, hammer signs into the village green and untangle the bunting. But what sort of person enters these competitions and what experiences await first timers?  If you're a gardener or allotment holder you may be shy to get involved in showing or question why you even would. Here I share my story as a first time entrant and some special tips for exhibiting from a local judge.

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 16.06.18

2018-06-16T17:10:22+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees, Greenhouse plants and growing techniques, Indoor and greenhouse plants, My gardening week - six on saturday|

This week has seen quintessential June weather - the sunny days I remember from childhood but which have seemed lacking in recent years.  The garden is filled with roses and peonies but for some reason I have mostly chosen a series of other plants to talk about, including a couple [...]

How to plant up an alpine trough

2018-06-29T13:39:46+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees|

Alpine troughs are perfect containers to let your garden design skills run riot, but in a small space.  Alpines are small, pretty and above all diverse. If you like designing but don't have much space, alpines are a perfect set of plants to experiment with creative combinations. Once you've understood [...]