Early May in The Fortnight Garden

It is early May in The Fortnight Garden and the plants are starting to fill out. Some flowers are already going over – time passes inexorably. My Six on Saturday this week is just enjoying what has been achieved and wondering about some tweaks in a week or two!

The start of May in The Fortnight Garden

The start of May in The Fortnight Garden brings real change. The rain has made a huge difference to the garden, coupled with slightly cooler weather. Beds are starting to fill in and the fruit trees have been a joy. It has been a particular pleasure in a week when there were two ambulance trips to hospital and much languid languishing. I am not ready for active gardening yet so this week’s Six on Saturday is about enjoying what I have!


1. The fruit trees are still a joy, although the flowers are now starting to go over as the fruit sets. It looks as though there will be another good crop of quinces and crab apples. I think I need to be more imaginative with both this year – I cannot possible make more jelly or membrillo!

Crabapple flowers at the start of May in the Fortnight Garden
Crabapple flowers starting to go over

2. Ferns are unfolding and just beautiful. OK, there is only one variety, Dryopteris Affinis, but hey, it is growing and green.


3. Geraniums continue to give pleasure: Phaeum Samobor and to my surprise, Ingwersons, which I thought I had lost. I will be watching the latter very carefully and hoping to take cuttings at the end of the season. It is such a lovely pink. I am also finding a few scattered plants of a white geranium, which I did not plant. By the look of the plants it may be a mutation of Mayflower, although it is not as tall.


4. I like the blue heads of the ajugas but there are fewer than I would like. Perhaps they have been swamped. I need to start new ones and try again. I find that cutting off the creeping bits and putting them in water encourages rooting and off we go again!


5. Persicaria are starting to flower and pretty in pink, but I think I need to dig out when they are done, dig in more compost, and start them again – they look a bit crowded and small to me. And perhaps I should be combining them with some of the purple Heuchera?


6. And finally the paeonies are starting to show buds.

Paeony buds
Paeony buds

I looked back to this time last year and am quite surprised to be reminded of the constant changes in this small garden, and I am quite happy with the challenges and changes. And that is the start of May in The Fortnight Garden and my Six on Saturday. I look forward to seeing what is happening elsewhere and thank you to The Propagator for putting us all in touch!

The Fortnight Garden at Easter

This is indeed a weekend for reflection and contemplation and in The Fortnight Garden at Easter there is also time and space for yet more hard work. The lesson, which sadly I seem to have to relearn rather often is that it would be better to garden for an hour or so a day than not at all! So here are my Six on Saturday.

The City Garden in mid-March

What strange times! My photo exhibition happened in the nick of time and now that we are asked to avoid social contact there will be plenty of time for gardening, and other projects. So this is a quick update on The City Garden in mid-March with my Six on Saturday.

Mountsfield Park in Lewisham

Mountsfield Park in Lewisham is another surprise in my quest to visit all the parks and gardens in the Borough of Lewisham. Driving along the main roads gives one no idea of this wonderful park hidden behind the rows of Victorian housing. But step off the bus, and walk down a side road, and you are suddenly in a peaceful green space.

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Park in Lewisham

Six Parks in Lewisham

I am visiting all the parks and nature reserves in South East London, starting with a new park in Lewisham every week. This week, for Six on Saturday, I would like to show you six parks in which I have particularly enjoyed over the Autumn.

Lewisham Park

Lewisham Park in South East London

Last week I was in Telegraph Hill Park in a quiet residential area. This week I am visiting Lewisham Park in South East London, off a busy main road. London Gardens Online (LGO) tells me that ‘… Lewisham Park was laid out as the centrepiece of a housing development built on the estate of the Rt Hon William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth, prior to building commencing…

Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham

Lower Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham

Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham is in two parts – south and north, or upper and lower – and separated by Kitto Road. My first visit was to the South Park (Upper) last week and today I cross the road to walk in Lower Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham (North Park).

Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham

Upper Telegraph Hill Park

Upper Telegraph Hill Park is closer to where I live but I don’t know it! London Gardens Online tells me that ‘…Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham is in two parts, an upper park in the south, and a lower park in the north, divided by Kitto Road. It incorporates the site of one of the Admiralty’s C18th semaphore stations, which was in use until 1815, from which the park gets its name. The Managing Director of the Metropolitan Gas Co. decided that the area needed a park and £2,000 with similar amounts from the LCC and Greenwich Board of Works. With this money they bought the land from the Haberdashers’ Company.

The park opened on 6 April 1895 with a bandstand, ponds and elaborate walks, perimeter planting and a perimeter walk. A shelter and toilets were added later in the northern park, and tennis courts were built on the site of the semaphore station in the south part, which has magnificent views. And recently the park was restored through a grant from the HLF…’.

Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday in the Fortnight Garden

It has been a wet day, too wet to ‘garden’ in the Fortnight Garden but not too wet to participate in Six on Saturday and seek advice from The Propagator and fellow gardeners!