The Tea Break Gardener

Garden Plants and Trees

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 15.09.18

2018-09-20T09:55:08+00:00September 15th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, My Gardening Week - 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 [...]

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 08.09.18

2018-09-20T09:55:49+00:00September 7th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg, My Gardening Week - 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 [...]

My Gardening Week – 28.07.18

2018-09-20T10:56:19+00:00July 28th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Greenhouse and indoor plants, My Gardening Week - 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 [...]

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 21.07.18

2018-09-20T09:57:46+00:00July 21st, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg, My Gardening Week - Six pictures on a 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 14.07.18

2018-09-20T09:59:09+00:00July 14th, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees, Greenhouse and indoor plants, My Gardening Week - Six pictures on a Saturday|

My gardening week has seen much watering but also lots of joy at the beautiful flowers in my garden pots, borders and greenhouse.  I'm sharing a picture of my sweet potato vine and relieved that my Wisteria survived our building works. I've also taken pictures of 'Love in a Puff' [...]

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 30.06.18

2018-09-20T10:00:47+00:00June 30th, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees, Greenhouse and indoor plants, My Gardening Week - Six pictures on a 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, 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.