The Tea Break Gardener

A blog for the laid-back gardener

Gardening tips, nature-inspired interiors and easy floristry.

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 23.06.18

2018-09-20T10:01:46+00:00June 23rd, 2018|Cut Flowers, Floristry and Decorating with Flowers, Garden Plants and Trees, My Gardening Week - 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 [...]

My Gardening Week – Six on Saturday 16.06.18

2018-09-20T10:02:23+00:00June 15th, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees, Greenhouse and indoor plants, My Gardening Week - Six pictures on a Saturday|

This week has seen quintessential June weather - the sunny days I remember from childhood but which have seemed lacking in recent years.  The garden is filled with roses and peonies but for some reason I have mostly chosen a series of other plants to talk about, including a couple [...]

How to plant up an alpine trough

2018-06-29T13:39:46+00:00June 10th, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees|

Alpine troughs are perfect containers to let your garden design skills run riot, but in a small space.  Alpines are small, pretty and above all diverse. If you like designing but don't have much space, alpines are a perfect set of plants to experiment with creative combinations. Once you've understood [...]

Gardening societies – What to expect and why you should join

2018-05-21T13:22:56+00:00May 4th, 2018|Garden Plants and Trees, My Gardening Week - Six pictures on a Saturday|

Gardening is a hobby best pursued with the assistance of others. Despite the plethora and accessibility of gardening assistance there is a concern that there is one area that fewer of us are accessing - the kinship of a garden community or horticultural society. Here I share my experiences as a newbie member and summarise the wonder that is the Great British Horticultural Society