Sunday 9th October 2022 – ups and downs

I’ve been feeling very up and down recently (tipped much more in the down direction) and it’s made blogging and, indeed, everything, feel like very hard work. Everything seems to take me longer than I want it to and nothing ever seems to be finished. Ordinarily I would say that a good long stint ofContinue reading “Sunday 9th October 2022 – ups and downs”

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th May 2022 – conscious competence

Frenzied activity in the garden all weekend, with three long days of hard graft put in by all three of us (well, the Under-Gardener perhaps not so much). We had scorching hot weather followed by a warm wet day and I am so grateful for a good downpour that I didn’t mind working in it.Continue reading “Friday 13th – Sunday 15th May 2022 – conscious competence”

Six on Saturday – 14th May 2022

A week of first appearances of the year this week with more colour coming through every day as temperatures rise and days continue to lengthen. A decent fall of rain gave everything a welcome drink mid-week too, thank goodness. My sworn enemies the gooseberry sawfly and the errant football have done their best to disheartenContinue reading “Six on Saturday – 14th May 2022”

Sunday 24th April 2022 – dog tired

The Under-Gardener has had a lot to complain about: he’s exhausted from all the garden supervision he’s had to provide for the humans this weekend and he’s peeved that despite these being his notes, people haven’t seen much of him. So here he is, in his favourite occupation of sunbathing on the job. That ridgeContinue reading “Sunday 24th April 2022 – dog tired”

Friday 7th & Sunday 9th January 2022 – how many bulbs does it take to exhaust a Head Gardener?

200 snowdrops, 100 gladioli byzantinus and 22 cloves of garlic, that’s how many… The last of my bulb orders arrived today (150 tulips, 50 crocus , 50 alliums and an uncertain number of daffodils went in late last year). Buying snowdrops ‘in the green’’ like this makes them more likely to establish well, and moreContinue reading “Friday 7th & Sunday 9th January 2022 – how many bulbs does it take to exhaust a Head Gardener?”