A Walk in my Garden

A few years back a friend said to me that paper was dead. We have all this wonderful technology – all books will be digital and paper will soon be redundant. I couldn’t agree less. There’s nothing to beat snuggling up on a comfy sofa with a much-loved book, running your fingers over the paper and turning each page. It might be an old photo album full of fading photographs of great and even great-great-grandparents, a novel, a book of poetry, a family bible or a journal. Words and images on paper – why would we ever want to be without that magic.

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Six on Saturday 2020 30-05

The weather’s been fabulous this week, what a joy to have light winds, sunshine and real warmth. Here in Scotland, we moved into Covid-19 Lockdown Stage One yesterday. Some friends were anxious to be able to get out for walks or go to see family members, but right now I feel happy to just stay around my own house and garden until any initial rush is over.

If I had to complain it would only be to say that the heat has slowed my gardening efforts. I have to remind myself that this is only the end of May, Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 30-05”

Six on Saturday 2020 23-05

There will be no gardening this weekend, the winds are too high and we have rain. Planting has been interrupted. I started planting mid-week by getting some dahlias into 20 litre pots and burying them in the borders (with the help of husband who had to dig the holes!). Four are in, one more will follow once it recovers from having most of its new growth munched by snails. Number six needs to decide whether it’s going to produce shoots or not. I suspect not. A further three small dahlias will be transferred into pots, to sit on the patio during the long, warm and lazy summer days that I’m dreaming about.

Some Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Double Click Mix’ and three Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 23-05”

Six on Saturday 2020 16-05

Most of the focus this week has been on hardening off plants. The pelargoniums and dahlias have been out during the day for around 10 days now, but every time I think it’s going to be safe to leave them out, the forecast slithers downwards and I have to put them back undercover.

The pellies are now at the front door, they’ve outgrown their greenhouse space and had to leave. Evicted, if you like. Overnight Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 16-05”

Six on Saturday 2020 08-05

There’s been a lull in gardening activities this week, we’ve reached a sort of in-between stage. The seedlings are in the greenhouse, not yet ready to venture outside, and the final few half-size trays hold seedlings that are still too small to pot on. It’s too early to plant out the tender plants, the garden is mostly weed-free (that won’t last long), and it’s mostly just watering and feeding to attend to for the moment.

Right now it’s late Friday afternoon and I’m sitting Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 08-05”