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 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…

Six on Saturday 14 July 2018

I’ve gone a bit Coreopsis mad over the past few weeks.  I included three last week and today I’ve just bought some more.  These ‘Big Bang Redshift’ – four tall plants to fill a bare space in a border.  They were pretty pot bound when I got them home but hoping they’ll do ok for…

Six on Saturday 7 July 2018

So…Hampton Court week.  I’m still recovering.  I had to leave by 2 to get home to teach so I needed to see as much as I could in just 4 hours.  I managed this but doing so in the heat, followed by 4 hours of teaching, took it out of me.  I even missed my…

Six on Saturday 30 June 2018

First up is my Gaura – only flowered this morning so good timing.  I bought 3 of these from Hampton Court Flower Show last year on a whim.  Two of them have come back this year and I love the way they seem to float above the rest of the border.  I’m off to the…

Six on Saturday 23 June 2018

Midsummer. These Pelargoniums are from last year. I was going to discard them when I was changing my pots to their autumn / winter display but decided to keep them over winter to see if they survived. I kept them on some covered shelving outside and brought them out in Spring and 4 of 5…

Six on Saturday 16 June 2018

At the risk of coming across as a mad cat lady obsessed with her dead cats, here are the two roses that I have planted this year to mark the passing of my 18 year old tabby sisters, Miranda and Jemima.  Both these roses have featured in other six on saturdays, but I had Jemima’s…

Six on Saturday 9 June 2018

As I mentioned last week, my cat Jemima died recently. As with her sister, Miranda, I wanted to plant a rose in her memory and scatter her ashes. I chose this Alissa, Princess of Phoenicia. It will go nicely with her sister Miranda’s Rosy Cushion, and has an appropriate name, as Jemima was a bit…