Monday, 15 October 2018 | Alison
With the weather set fair for October, this month is a great opportunity to catch up with some of the odd jobs that need doing around the garden and prepare pots, borders and plants for the winter months ahead. But beware, warm bright sunny days with clear nights are a sure sign that a frost will probably occur at night during October so keep an eye on your local weather reports.
It is also time to plan and plant spring bulbs and garden ready perennials ready for colour in tubs, containers and borders next year.
1 CommentFriday, 14 September 2018 | Alison
I love being out in the garden during September, don’t you?
With Twenty Eighteen’s bumper high temperatures and hot sunny days seemingly now over and the much needed rain has fallen, there is a new-ness to the overall look of the garden.
It has once again become our ‘green and pleasant land’. The desert has re-bloomed, life has returned. The parched brown lawn has been painted green almost overnight, roses are having a second/third flush of flowers, crops are cropping and hurrah, the weeds are growing furiously again.
Friday, 10 August 2018 | Alison
As this wonderfully hot summer continues into August I find that I am waking extra early and leaping, ok crawling, out of bed just to check whether it has rained during the night.
Alas no, is generally the answer, but the good thing is I am getting into the garden much earlier in the day to do all those jobs that still need doing, whether its sunny or not, before I retreat under the brolly and sip chilled elderflower cordial.
Friday, 20 July 2018 | Alison
I remember the last drought in ‘the summer of ‘76’. That is 1976. Do you?
But way back then, just around the corner, I was a petulant, grumpy teenager and had not a thought about the lack of water around and the impact it had on mum’s considerable vegetable and flower garden.
I do, however, always remember the joy of podding peas, eating runner beans every night for weeks on end, picking tomatoes and eating handfuls of cherries from our enormous tree which I seem to recall climbing. But mainly, I just enjoyed the sunshine.
Oh, and that uncomfortable feel of the spikey short tufts of brown that passed for green grass, whilst I sat with friends on the school playing field at lunch time, listening to the latest music charts on my precious (sneaked in) transistor radio, tuned in to Radio 1.