Six on Saturday 2020 18-07

Milestones

It’s been 4 months since we started social-distancing and this week, due to more easing of restrictions we were able to babysit our two grandchildren who live in a nearby town. They’ll be with us during the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a few weeks until schools and possibly nursery, return.

On Tuesday we had fun in a nearby park that has a large play area where they were able to run about freely. The lockdown has been hard on youngsters too, with play parks closed, and children unable to go out and Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 18-07”

Six on Saturday 2020 11-07

It has just occurred to me that this is the fifth week that a rose has been the featured image on Six on Saturday. But I couldn’t let the season pass without giving a major mention to (another favourite) Rosa ‘Mortimer Sackler’.

So, what do I love about Mortimer Sackler? It has tall, slender and very elegant reddish stems and lovely little pointed red buds that sit out from flowers that are already in bloom. At a quick glance, the buds give the shrubs a Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 11-07”

Six on Saturday 2020 04-07

It’s been another week of mixed weather, but by Tuesday morning after several days of heavy rain, I couldn’t bear looking out of the window at my sad, bedraggled roses any longer and I grabbed my jacket, wellies and waterproof hat and went out to deadhead and tidy everything up.

It dried up after lunch, and so did I, and by evening the plants had lifted their heads (or what was left of them) and began to straighten up. I’m always pleasantly Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 04-07”

Six on Saturday 2020 27-06

Wednesday was the start of the fifteenth week since my husband and I went into lockdown, just a little ahead of most in this country. On Wednesday it was also the first day in all those weeks that I ventured out of the house (other than the garden) to go for a walk.

The rain started to ease off around 9am and I and headed down to the shore front, just one mile away and a short 4-minute drive. A few people, mostly dog-walkers were there, and it was really reassuring that everyone Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 27-06”

Six on Saturday 2020 20-06

The weather has thrown everything at us this week, cold mornings (yes, central heating cold), warm afternoons, thunderstorms and torrential downpours. The plants took a bit of a beating overnight on Tuesday during a thunderstorm. Heavy rain turned roses to mush, broke stems and flattened newly planted annuals. However, after a bit of deadheading, pruning and propping up, everything picked up and looked fairly good again in the warm sun that followed on Wednesday afternoon.

I had a small plant order arrive this week, with Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 20-06”