The heat has gone to my head

Joan writes: We have made it into May without a rainfall to mention, rising temperature and hours of sunlight to dazzle. It was time then for me to be getting on with making my summer hanging basket to welcome the postie with. Luckily, I was able...

Letting the light in

Joan writes: My neighbour asked me what could be done with a healthy, but overgrown cotoneaster shrub that was taking over a fair chunk of space in her garden. We can be creative and describe said ‘problem’ as weed control as there was not a blink...

It’s raining here too!

Joan writes: All good things must come to an end (temporarily I am sure!) and my recent ‘hanging the washing outdoors and forgetting about it’ pleasure was cut short today. Earlier, I was so engrossed in a spot of seed sorting that I never noticed the...

Ooops! Forgot to water…

Jenny writes: Well I forgot to check the water level in the carrot tops growing on the windowsill and they’ve completely shrivelled up now – poor things! Rain showers have started this afternoon but I’ll still have to water a few pots this evening . I...

Spring Trees

Jenny writes: The afternoon light in these clear, blue-skied days have highlighted the beauty of trees coming into leaf. Woodland near my back garden is now outlined in lacy, pale green. Hawthorn and birch leaves are unfurling. Hawthorn, one of the earliest trees to show their...

A Garden Fairy Visit

Joan writes: Many plant lovers choose an Acer shrub for its autumnal colour and quite rightly so. As much as I enjoy their fiery hues that alert us to cooler nights drawing in, I am more captivated by their magical spring colours ranging from pistachio to...

I wonder…

Joan writes: I spotted the wayward branching of a Rhododendron Scarlet Wonder and investigated further only to find the waywardness was actually brokenness. On closer inspection, I concluded that damage was done a while back. The wee rhody has flowered profusely despite the branch in question...

Top Tips

Fiona writes:- April comes with so many aces it often seems a little unfair to the other months – all that blossom decking the boughs, ponds heaving with tadpoles, slender seedlings pushing through soil – so many signs of life unfurling. But I can’t be the...

‘It’s Good to Talk’

Joan writes: A silver lining to the current crisis we find ourselves in is the art of communication has enjoyed a revival. By communication I mean ‘real talking’. Granted technology plays a big part in it with zoom rooms, whatsapp chat, and others, but as Beattie...

Bring on the Zing

Joan writes: May (quickly followed by September) is my favourite month. The fresh hues of green growth, buds in abundance and still a crispness to the morning air is how I would describe our last month of the recognised season of Spring. April 20th and it...