Six on Saturday 2020 25-04

Here in this little corner of the world, we’ve had another week of glorious sunshine and the hose has been in use all week. Until Thursday the sunshine was accompanied by very strong winds that battered the plants and made photography somewhat difficult – but in spite of that, no one here would dare trade the winds for rain!

This is our 6th week of social-distancing and so far we’re holding up well. The garden and the good weather have been our lifeline. Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 25-04”

Six on Saturday 2020 18-04

Easter Monday was wall-to-wall sunshine, not a cloud in the sky. Winds were light, but icy cold. After lunch, the garden was warm enough to work with a lighter jacket, and ohh..that was good.

The day started off with husband and I struggling into an open area between shrubs and under the Acer at the back of the garden, a little area that I want to try to develop as a den for visiting grandchildren…when the lockdown is lifted.

We did some weeding and pruning, Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 18-04”

Six on Saturday 2020 11-04

Many of my spring plants and bulbs are starting to fade now, and I’m beginning to empty a few pots. When I look around the garden for colour – it’s mostly green, but that’s a sign of new growth, new plant life, and the march towards brighter, warmer weather.

The crab apple, Malus Evereste, will be in bloom soon, as will Amelanchier ‘Ballerina’. Acer ‘Bloodgood’ always puts on a good show in spring, especially in the early morning when the sun is backlighting its leaves. The tulips are pushing up to peek over the tops of their pots, and a few in one of the borders are almost ready to open. Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 11-04”

Six on Saturday 2020 28-03

We’ve had a couple of days of rain and cold winds this week, but in between showers I’ve managed to get into the garden and finally finish pruning, feeding & mulching the roses. Some seeds were sown, and new plants potted up. While I was doing that my husband was working his way around the borders, weeding and generally tidying up. Although there’s no tall growth in the borders yet, the garden is looking heaps smarter than it did last week.

Prunus ‘Mikinori’

This small tree has grown faster and taller than I expected, but it won’t outgrow the space that it’s in. I think it’s probably just over 7′ tall at Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 28-03”

Six on Saturday 2020 05-03

Hello Spring!

I’ve had such a lovely week in the garden, and it’s been a productive one. After weeks of almost relentless rain and winds, the first week of the meteorological spring brought us sunshine and gentle winds. It’s still bitingly cold but it’s been the type of week that conveys a sense of anticipation that springtime is gently flowing over the earth once more.

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

The first job I tackled on Monday morning was Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 05-03”