The Tea Break Gardener

Garden stories from a passionate, laid-back grower

Plant profiles, how-to guides and seasonal diaries

War Gardens

2018-11-05T11:15:26+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Book Reviews|

"I used to feel as calm in the garden as if I was knitting socks by the fire - it always made me happy" These words, spoken to author Lalage Snow, sum up the peace and fulfillment that can be derived from plants.  It is a sentiment well understood by gardeners.  Yet this, and every interviewee featured in her book 'War Gardens' tells a story of gardening in conflict's dark shadow.

Delightful dahlias in full bloom

2020-09-19T16:25:01+01:00September 15th, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, Seasonal diaries - Six plants 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 [...]

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