Welcome to my small garden…..

Welcome to my small garden, based in Teddington, SW London, UK.  I’ve lived here for 10 years but only started gardening properly a year ago.  Until five years’ ago I had a busy corporate job, no time, and a paid gardener just to keep things tidy.  Since I left this job and started teaching piano…

Six on Saturday 28 June 2019

Thought I’d get out early to enjoy my garden as I’ve got a busy day ahead and it’s going to be hot! First up today is my Lychnis Chalcedonica or Maltese Cross. This is it’s 3rd year in my garden and the best ever!Speaking of bests, this must be the tallest Verbena Bonariensis that I’ve…

Six on Saturday 8 June 2019

My amazing Peonies! I bought a single one 2 years ago, kept it in a pot over the Summer and planted it out at end of season. Last year had a few flowers and this year it’s exploded!Now a couple of (unusual) success stories. First my penstemon which I have replenished from cuttings, taken in…

Six on Saturday 1 June 2019

How is it June already? Anyway, really feeling summery now and the garden perfect for morning tea and evening wine! First up today is my Geranium ‘Kashmir White’. First saw this in Kew Gardens a couple of years ago and ordered a few last Spring. Didn’t have much luck last year, and 2 of the…

Six on Saturday 25 May 2019

Lots of roses this morning, they’ve all bloomed this week. First up is the first rose I planted in June 2016, the ‘Golden Wedding’. It’s now taller than me, although I prune if quite short every winter. Next up, my beautiful Jacqueline du Pre rose. It’s second year of flowering after being planted as a…

Six on Saturday 20th April 2019

So I went away for a few days on Tuesday, returning yesterday evening.  After a few days of lovely weather the change in my garden has been amazing – it’s all systems go! First up is the first flowering of my Geum Mrs Bradshaw. I think this is the 3rd year for this one –…

Six on Saturday 23 February 2019 – The Return!

I’m back! How have you all been? My garden has been pretty uneventful over the winter months but after this week’s lovely Spring weather, it’s really waking up. It will be a couple more months before I have enough going on to post every Saturday but here goes with the first lot of 2019! First…

Six on Saturday 8 September 2018

Mostly repeats from previous weeks, but of things that are still looking good or having a second flush of life as Summer draws to a close.  I’m really pleased with these Zinnias which I grew from seeds from Gardeners’ World magazine. Although quite a few were lost to slugs when I first planted them out,…

Six on Saturday 1 September 2018

First Six for me for a few weeks as I’ve been away on the Isle of Wight and then in Edinburgh.  Some of these will be repeats from earlier in the year, but looking good at the moment! My Japanese Anemones have been in my garden for a few years now and always put on…

Six on Saturday 28 July 2018

A bit of a different one today with some shots of my borders (hope that’s not cheating!) as well as a preview of things to come. First here is my so-called ‘hot border’. I’ve featured the coreopsis and echinaceas over the last few weeks so here they all are in the border, together with the…

Six on Saturday 21st July 2018

Last week it was all about Coreopsis, this week some of my Zinnias. These are ‘Raspberry Lemonade’ bought a few weeks ago as plugs from garden centre and now looking their best. And here are some ‘Orange King’ grown from seeds from Gardeners World magazine. The slugs got most of these when I first planted…