Short and Sweet

Joan writes: They say August is the month that we reap most benefit from our efforts in the garden from over the previous months. Flowers are blooming, crops are being harvested and the lawn’s growth rate is waning meaning less grass cutting to do = more...

Where’s your sit spot?

Jo writes: One of those days? I’ve had a few during lockdown when I can feel myself being pushed and pulled in every direction. When I feel the stress mounting, as we all do from a plethora of sources, I take some time out to enjoy...

Carat Gold Crop

Joan writes: Sadly though, this harvest is not mine. Our local farmers’ market was up and running today and a visit for me was a must. Fabulous local carrots, Ayrshire tatties and a bit further afield strawberries all made it home with me. Spurred on by...

Out with the old, and in with the new

or maybe today, the other way around! Joan writes: We have a little field that we have taken ‘haylage’ (a cross between traditional dried hay and fresh cut grass) from today. I’m so pleased because we are at the mercy of the neighbouring farmer to do...

The rough with the smooth

Joan writes: Midsummer has been and gone, but thankfully I’ve not heard the dreaded ‘the nights are fair drawing in’ uttered yet! However, daylight does seem to have waned and the weather appears to have taken a semi-permanent turn for the worse with heavy rainfall and...

Time to fly the nest

Joan writes: You might recall that I commented on what I considered to be the ‘earlier than usual’ arrival of swallows to our garden in the middle of April. Time has flown past with Mum and Dad Swallow having shipped out their first brood and this...

What’s bugging you?

Jo writes: As National Insect Week (22nd-26th June) comes to an end, I thought I would share another lovely gardening activity to ensure that even the smallest of creatures can flourish in your outdoor space or gardening project. After all, as they say on the National...

Sensory Sensations: Roses and Lavender

Jenny writes: Beautiful to the eye, many roses are now blooming in the garden. Personally, I love deep pink roses, creamy yellows and (secret crush!) salmon pink and orange ones. This deep pink variety, named ‘Gertrude Jeykll‘ after the famous 19th century garden designer, flourishes in...

Preserving beauty

Jo writes: It’s British Flowers Week! And that got me to thinking about the days when my daughter, and I, were younger and we used to do lots of flower pressing! And indeed, with a bit of digging, I found the simple press we had made...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What will you do on the longest day, which this year falls on Saturday 20th June? Perhaps you’ll take in a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, maybe you’ll be up early to see the sun rise and sleeping late to make the best of...