Easter is one of my favourite times of year for flower arranging. The flowers available are more limited than in the summer but what is there is pretty, diminutive and symbolic of spring. Tea cup arrangements that use small amounts of flower and foliage are a great idea at this time of year as you're unlikely to want to denude your garden too much in search of floristry material
I've got so much to talk about this week that it's hard to limit myself to six things. Much is growing well and my mind is fizzing with new ideas of things to change in the garden. My father had an amusing little phrase to deploy when we expected too [...]
It's springtime and I'm feeling fruity. This week I'm taking you on a tour of my garden to find evidence of future fruits, including nectarines, plums, grapes, melons, raspberries and rhubarb.
Spring is all about yellow for me. It is the main accent colour in all corners of my garden right now. The last three days have seen no sunshine at all where I live. I find the cloud cover oppressive, which is why a revere yellow. On dull days it glows and on sunny days it shines.
It's been a wet and blustery week so I've found myself sheltering in the greenhouse most days. My Six pictures this Saturday are mostly greenhouse plants. There's a bit waffle about wattle, along with a bit of myrtle. I'll also be sharing Streptocarpus plug plants, Echiums and Jacranda mimosifolia.
It's a seedling special this week as I run through some of the perky green shoots that are springing up in their seed trays. I've got many many more to sow but even with a spacious new greenhouse it's a good idea to pace myself to save being overwhelmed. I [...]
I've been sharing my gardening week with the world through the Six on Saturday link up of gardeners for exactly a year now. This week I've been buying shrubs, delighting in Iris reticulata and remembering those who pass on their love of gardening to others.
Are you confident you know what you're doing when you are sowing seed? Some people aren't. They pick up seed packets, read the back with furrowed brows, possibly put them back on the stand or worse still buy them but never sow the seed. You can buy garden ready plants [...]