Late May garden round-up

Our first May with a garden is drawing to a close, so it’s a good time to reflect on what’s been blooming, and where. Noticing gaps in the flowerbeds and patterns of colour will be helpful for next springtime. For example, aside from wallflowers and bulbs, the garden has predominantly been dotted with pink, redContinue reading “Late May garden round-up”

A rainy afternoon wander around Great Thurlow Hall

I visited Great Thurlow Hall in Suffolk this weekend, and took a few quick phone snaps of things which stood out as especially beautiful and fascinating… Beyond this, the abundance of cow parsley and established trees in the arboretum – which follows the line of the river – guarantee a peaceful and inspirational visit, noContinue reading “A rainy afternoon wander around Great Thurlow Hall”

Hazy mid-May update

It’s been pretty rainy here in Cambridge this fortnight, and the gardens have loved it! Looking around each day it is as though the plants have grown substantially overnight. I wandered around the garden during a break in the rainfall earlier and took some slightly hazy photographs of things which have changed this week… I’mContinue reading “Hazy mid-May update”

Growing, day by day

It’s wonderful to watch plants grow in springtime. This is my first spring with a garden, so everything is extra exciting! The first bed I made here has really started to fill out this week, with plants like hosta, viburnum and geum unfurling and blooming in the daylight. I wasn’t expecting the latter (pictured below)Continue reading “Growing, day by day”

Pinks, purples and reds

The sunshine has brought quite a few plants out of dormancy lately. I snapped some photos of what’s blooming (or beginning to appear) in my little garden this week: In the next few weeks I look forward to sharing stories about biodiversity at Eddington (NW Cambridge), and an interview with artist Clare Halifax, who recentlyContinue reading “Pinks, purples and reds”

Before the April snow

What a random week, weather-wise: sunshine, heavy cloud, and now snow. That’s Britain, right?! I managed to spend quite a bit of time in our little garden neatening the beds and watering pots before the frost arrived, and during that time I took the photos below. I’m looking forward to the sun returning and watchingContinue reading “Before the April snow”

Saturday morning finds: violets, tulip ice stick, daffs

It’s a gorgeous sunny morning in Cambridge, and while weeding the back garden was fun(!) I enjoyed exploring what’s blooming and taking photos much more… That’s it for now! We’re setting up a herb ladder today which will be interesting. Wishing you a lovely restful weekend ahead, 🌞 Katherine

The first days of spring

There is quite a bit going on out here now, and several times this week I’ve heard an exceptionally loud, huge bumblebee zooming around the garden. In the coming weeks I’ll definitely take photos of the other bulbs popping up around the place. It’s a small garden but we’ve crammed quite a lot in asContinue reading “The first days of spring”

Signs of spring

I spent around four hours in the garden this weekend, pulling up weeds and clearing leaf debris to make space for what’s unfurling across my little flower beds… A note on seedlings…Confession: I began talking about spring a little prematurely this year, and followed seed packet guidance that we can begin sowing cosmos, sunflowers etcContinue reading “Signs of spring”

The final days of winter

Don’t wish your life away, my wonderful nanna would say if she could hear me this morning, counting how many days we have until the rule of six returns here in England. And she’d be right – even during these weird, quiet times in which most of us can’t meet family or friends in person,Continue reading “The final days of winter”