Six on Saturday 2020 02-05

I’ve become a full-time gardener (with overtime) during this lockdown and I’m loving it. Thankfully the weather this week has been mostly good – cold, lots of sunshine, and two days of rain. Oh my, the ground needed it – no amount of watering could have given the soil the soaking it got on Wednesday & Thursday.

We’ve moved hostas, mulched, weeded, planted geraniums, salvias & campanulas in the front garden and potted up trillions (it just seems like that) of Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 02-05”

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 04-04

It’s been a busy week. Busy in the garden and busy with family matters. My son, three daughters and their families are all under varying degrees of lockdown, here at home, in the US and Australia. So messages and FaceTime calls have multiplied and devices have been pinging throughout the day. This isn’t a complaint, I’m delighted to be able to talk to them and hear how they’re coping with this strange lack of freedom, and how they are managing to keep their children occupied during the day, and for some, also work from home.

It’s been a week of mixed weather, with the only Continue reading “Six on Saturday 2020 04-04”