Showing posts from March, 2018

Six on Saturday

I have not spent as much time in the garden as usual - getting older or bad weather or a bit of both.

My six:

The Propagator hosts this weekly Six on Saturday.  Is it just me or do you also like to find out what others are currently doing in the garden?

Spring Forward


If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero

The accidental gardener
After a long and time-consuming career as a high school teacher, I reckoned I’d earned my retirement at age 60, although I was rather anxious about how I would fill my days.I had always preferred gardening to housework and enjoyed visiting gardens and stately homes, so I approached the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) to offer my services as a volunteer gardener at one of their local properties. I was most surprised to receive a response informing me that if I wished to become a judge for Yorkshire in Bloom, a prestigious gardening competition for villages, towns and community areas, I should submit a short statement explaining why I considered myself to be a suitable candidate.This made me chuckle and even blush as I am the proud owner of a small, handkerchief sized plot of a garden but then it got me thinking.I had the skills of report writing as well as assessing and grading the work of my students against set criteria.Also I had a keen interest, one could e…