Six on Saturday in the City Garden

This week Six on Saturday includes two grasses, two plants grown for their leaves, and hydrangeas in tubs. My garden is quite small and so quite a few pots are necessary, in sunny spots, in empty corners, in the Fernery, and just as ‘overflow’ from the rest of the garden. So here we are again, a…

Planting Ideas for the Patio Bed and the Flint Wall

Some new ideas – very different! Firstly the Patio Bed which is surrounded by paving and which enjoys partial sun during some of the day. It really needs something scented, or perhaps startling. The Flint Wall Bed is mainly shaded, but also protected and I think this is the final decision on the planting.

Garden makeover – north-facing terrace

The north-facing side of the house is a small, paved terrace garden planted with small shrubs and perennials. It is pretty all year round and the planting has worked well. However, the terrace borders on to a field and although I have mainly controlled the ground elder the pesky plant has invaded one of the…

A June garden in Cratfield

Despite the variable temperatures and sometimes vicious winds the garden is growing. The roses in the hedge are flowering – isn’t this hidden corner wonderful? The hedges around the village are absolutely beautiful too, pink and white dogroses everywhere. The Roseraie de l’Hay is finally flourishing, the daisies are enjoying themselves, and the everlasting wallflower,…

The garden in May

Oh dear! It seems we will have another difficult year in the garden. One warm weekend and now it is cold, wet, and windy again. The plants are struggling on, and some even seem to be thriving.