The Best Ever Garden Gloves

Truly, they are. The best ever! Well, not if you’re mucking about with thorny plants, but if it’s general gardening like tidying-up, deadheading and weeding, plain old disposable latex gloves are just the best ever for the job. You can feel what you’re gripping no matter how tiny the plant, and yet your hands stay…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is “Growth”. These photos were taken in my garden. Join the photo fun by reading the details at WordPress Daily Post feature

Garden Diary: June 2012

May and June were the wettest and coolest months in decades, and yet we still have a hosepipe ban enforced. Daft? You betcha. Lucky? Yes, because with all this rain we’ve not needed to give any plants a drink of water, so using the hose is immaterial. Here are a few photos from the garden…

Garden Diary: 1 May 2012

Tulips, Cucumbers and Gnomes The mid-spring tulips are blooming. Bright and fiery in colour, these tulips are one of my favourites for adding a bit of visual heat to the garden. I even wrote a poem about them on MiskMask’s Poems called “Fiery Tulips” In contrast, there are soft and gently coloured pink tulips that…

Danish Cucumber Seeds Germinate

(Den danske oversættelse er nederst på denne side.) The cucumber seeds germinated and made an appearance after 5 days. We kept them under a layer of cling film for warmth and moisture. These cucumbers are for pickling, in particular for Danish asier (pickles). At 7am, a sunny corner of the conservatory At noon. At 7PM,…

Elmo’s Gnome Gnotes: Seeds, Fleece and Hearts

Elmo’s Gnome Gnotes: Seedlings, Fleece and Bleeding Hearts Gardening at this time of the year means changeable weather and precautions. We carefully stretched a length of horticultural fleece over the newly planted daisies in the garden; frosty mornings are still a problem here. And then the wind and rain arrived – the stones I’d put…

Elmo’s Gnome Gnotes

[Dansk noter er i bunden af siden] He’s not to be ignored, my little garden helper. I introduced you to Elmo a few months ago, and even though he’s totally unforgettable, I’ll reintroduce him for the sake of good manners. Elmo, meet my friends. Elmo’s in his element right now with all the flowers blooming,…

April Tulips Usher in Spring

It’s the turn of the tulips to grab all the attention in the garden. They are gloriously colourful this year. Some are in pots and some are scattered in swathes across the soil. Sunny yellows brighten the garden when the clouds roll in. What flowers are blooming in your garden at the moment?