The Tea Break Gardener

Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers

Easy Easter decorations from your garden

2019-04-09T19:10:49+01:00April 9th, 2019|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers|

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

Delightful dahlias in full bloom – Six on Saturday 15.09.18

2019-04-30T15:17:08+01:00September 15th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Seasonal diaries - Six pictures on a Saturday|

It's Dahlia a-go-go in my garden at the moment and these blowsy beauties are providing sought after late summer colour. I've not featured six of one type of plant in previous Six on Saturdays, but with my garden overflowing with dahlias, this is the week.  I'm growing almost twenty types [...]

What the garden was doing whilst I was on holiday – Six on Saturday 08.09.18

2019-04-30T15:19:01+01:00September 7th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg, Seasonal diaries - Six pictures on a Saturday|

Having a lovely cup of tea in my favourite mug whilst walking the garden is the best thing about returning from holiday.  For some reason though I am always slightly nervous about what I will find in the garden. It's only when you go away for a bit, even a [...]

The village show – Six on Saturday – 28.07.18

2019-04-30T15:21:32+01:00July 28th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Greenhouse and indoor plants, Seasonal diaries - Six pictures on a 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 [...]

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

2019-05-19T13:36:13+01:00June 27th, 2018|Book Reviews, Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, 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.

Summer solstice sun worshippers – Six on Saturday 23.06.18

2019-04-30T15:29:46+01:00June 23rd, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Seasonal diaries - Six pictures on a Saturday|

This week has seen the summer solstice and the year's longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. It's been a beautifully sunny week and I've been admiring plants best described as sun-worshippers, including alpines, sweet peas and roses. I've also been taking the opportunity to position my armillary sphere accurately. Positioning [...]