I've been sharing my gardening week with the world through the Six on Saturday link up of gardeners for exactly a year now. This week I've been buying shrubs, delighting in Iris reticulata and remembering those who pass on their love of gardening to others.
Are you confident you know what you're doing when you are sowing seed? Some people aren't. They pick up seed packets, read the back with furrowed brows, possibly put them back on the stand or worse still buy them but never sow the seed. You can buy garden ready plants [...]
Bulb guard of honour I potted up lots of spring bulbs last autumn and was originally going to arrange them on an outdoor table but instead I've made a little arrangement either side of the path to my greenhouse. The crocuses are filling out but they're not yet at peak [...]
Are you bemused by people who collect snowdrops? Want an insight into why they have become collectable? My six pictures this Saturday are stunning snowdrops that you might not be familiar with but which will give you an insight into why some people are obsessed with them. They are not [...]
Why are snowdrops popular and which snowdrops are rare? Diary for the Alpine Garden Society describing why I have a growing passion for snowdrops.
Snow returned to the Chiltern Hills and unlike last week it was heavy and caused chaos. Not much gardening happened so my words will be brief - but the next day there were blue skies and sunshine. Donning my waterproof trousers, wellies and waterproof jacket, I got cold and wet [...]
Snow This week we had snow - a dramatic heavy flurry during the school run which got my son excited about cancelled lessons and toboganning, but which was over by the time we arrived at the school gates. It's been so cold since then that what did fall is still [...]
My grandfather grew tomatoes in the greenhouse. My father grew tomatoes in the greenhouse. So I've grown tomatoes in the greenhouse. Are home-grown tomatoes off the menu if you have no greenhouse?
The garden continues to wake up around me. I took a little walkabout to decide what to write about this week and was thrilled to see bulbs peeking out of the soil and swelling buds on shrubs. I was surprised to find it was difficult to choose my six pictures [...]