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 04.08.18

2018-08-05T10:04:08+00:00August 4th, 2018|Greenhouse plants and growing techniques, Indoor and greenhouse plants, My gardening week - six on saturday|

This week I visited Kew Gardens, where I saw many of the plants I'm collecting in my greenhouse, growing in the majestic splendour of the the newly restored Temperate House as well as the Palm and Waterlily Houses. So my Six on Saturday is a tale of two greenhouse collections [...]

My Gardening Week – 28.07.18

2018-07-28T09:21:04+00:00July 28th, 2018|Blog, Cut Flowers and Flower Arranging Material, Decoration Ideas and Floristry, Garden Plants and Trees, Indoor and greenhouse plants, My gardening week - six on saturday|

Last night we finally had some rain and just stepping out into the garden this morning made me feel happy as the air felt fresh.  A keen breeze was blowing the trees, a cool one, in stark contrast to the "hairdryer on low setting" breeze we've had for over a [...]

Echinops – The Globe Thistle

2018-07-27T09:04:59+00:00July 27th, 2018|Tea Break Portraits|

If you're looking for a shot of cool blue in a high summer garden - plant Echinops.  It's largely trouble free and bees of all sorts can't get enough of it. Commonly known as the Globe Thistle, Echinops has steely grey slightly spiky divided stems - but it is the [...]

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 21.07.18

2018-07-21T08:05:33+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+00:00June 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.