So here we are at the end of this long and peculiar year. This is the last of twelve blogs capturing the changing seasons in our tiny garden with 20 photos each month. At times it’s been a welcome distraction, though I have to admit to losing my way a bit with it mid-way through the year! Still, it is nice to have an account of the gardening year to look back on. I am, more than ever, thankful to have a garden of any size and an interest in what goes on there. It has definitely been a year for hobbies and it is great to hear that so many people have discovered the joys of gardening as a consequence of our enforced time at home.Continue reading
The generally wet Autumn weather continued throughout November with everywhere muddy under foot. The second full national lockdown was in effect throughout the month in an effort to control spiralling cases of Covid-19 in the vain hope it would make things better for Christmas. In the garden the last leaves dropped from the tree and turned to brown and the majority of flowers had faded. Occasionally, weakening Autumn sun would emerge from behind the clouds and brighten the day.Continue reading
I imagine I am not alone in finding January the least appealing month of the year. Although this year it has been mild by comparison to some, the short days and cool weather make it all feel like a bit of a struggle. Like many keen gardeners, and especially those with an allotment, there is also the massive impatience of wanting to get on and sow some seeds for the forthcoming season. Frustrating though it is, I know from experience there is little to be gained from giving in to that impatience. Instead, this time of year is all about planning and preparation.
Although January is a pretty quiet month in the garden, there can still be features to enjoy. This blog includes twenty images from our own tiny garden capturing a few of the details that have caught my eye in January 2020.Continue reading
In an effort to get out of the house on a grey day in the middle of January we decided to make a visit to Dunham Massey. January is not normally considered the best time of year for garden visits, but a focus on winter interest at this garden provides great inspiration. Continue reading
For many people gardening in small urban spaces, containers will almost certainly form a key part of their planting space, and may be the only option if there is no open ground available. In my own garden I have two small beds either side of a paved area but I have always supplemented these with the use of containers to provide an opportunity for temporary planting including edibles and seasonal displays. This blog post is focussed on some recent Autumn planting I have undertaken in my own garden. Continue reading