The Tea Break Gardener

Garden Plants and Trees

How to plant Wood Anemones

2019-11-06T23:39:33+00:00November 6th, 2019|Garden Plants and Trees|

Wood Anemones light up the floor of deciduous woodlands in March and April with starry constellations of pure white or pink tinged blooms.  The flowers are lifted above a shaggy carpet of lush green leaves, an emerald sky to the white star flowers. This is not a flower I was [...]

Growing Magnolia from seed

2019-10-29T16:40:22+00:00October 28th, 2019|Garden Plants and Trees|

For the first time this year I have ripe fruits on my magnolia kobus tree. Growing magnolia trees from seed is a long game, and an uncertain one. The tree has gifted me seeds so I'm giving it a go. Here's how I prepared the seeds for planting next spring.

Delightful dahlias in full bloom – Six on Saturday 15.09.18

2019-04-30T15:17:08+00:00September 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+00:00September 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+00:00July 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 [...]

Summer heat – Six on Saturday 21.07.18

2019-04-30T15:22:40+00:00July 21st, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees, Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg, Seasonal diaries - 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 [...]