December ‘Gardening’ in the Rain – 8 December 2018 – Six on Saturday

December ‘Gardening’ in the Rain – 8 December 2018 – Six on Saturday

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The weather has been wet, very wet, in Manchester this week – but it’s still mild for time of year. There’s hasn’t been too much gardening by me except for bulb planting in pots in the porch. My Chap has the unenviable task of putting them out around the garden. The wet weather makes my arthritis ache which makes me tired – ho hum.  But we have been making plans, plans for the garden, plans for #ChristmasatDunhamMassey, plans for relaxation and self-care.

So I nipped out today with the ‘big coat’ on to take photos for my #SixonSaturday and then retreated indoors to take some more 😉

1. Hacking around

We’ve been out doing some pruning today in the Rain – mainly because it’s so windy we’re worried it will damage the shrubs and the privet tree. Well, My Chap has been chopping things down – he’s a trooper.

Me? I was hacking down the grasses and the ends of lavender (there are about 20 bushes so it takes a while). And making mugs of tea.

This hand hoe is just great – very sharp. It’s comfy to use too – I’m terrible with tools as I’m so clumsy. I won it in a Twitter competition earlier in the year 🙂 Whey! I was gobsmacked to see Burgon and Ball were founded in 1730. They made agricultural shears in Sheffield – Steel City. It’s good to see a family business still going strong.

2. Bulb love

Most people go to TK Maxx to buy cheap clothes, random homeware, and weirdly flavoured chocolates. Me? I come back with cheap pots and bulbs – I’ll be potting these up tomorrow, in the porch 🙂

3. Violas and Pansies

Orange Pansy

Pansies in the rain

Orange pansies are taken with my Lensbaby #Trio28 – sweet effect. This a sharp focus with a soft, dreamy focus to the edge (So no cropping as you’ll lose it).

The violas and pansies are looking more chirpy, especially if they’re out of the rain.

4. Roses in the Rain

The orange rose is STILL flowering – all through the summer had a rest in September and it’s been flowering since late October…

My Chap says it needs pruning so I think that’s tomorrows job apparently.

Red Patio Roses – Lensbaby #Trio28 – twist

I’d moved the patio rose into the porch out of the wind and rain – it obviously liked its new spot as it flowered again. I moved it to take this photo as I wanted to see if I could get a good twist shot. In poor light, I thought this was a good effort.

5. #ChristmasatDunhamMassey

#ChristmasatDunhamMassey two giant reindeer made of lights in the woods with red and blue lights

#ChristmasatDunhamMassey – giant reindeer in the woods

These reindeer are about 40 foot high – plenty of other deer in the woods.

I had such a good time at #ChristmasatDunhamMassey* I booked to take My Chap and some pals next weekend. There are still places left especially in the week – it’s on until 30 December- book online for #ChristmasatDunhamMassey here. I’ll write a more detailed post next week – I’ve got the video to edit first.

Or check out a light show near you – they’re spectacular.

*I was invited free of charge to the preview evening for National Trust Staff – in return for social media coverage – I always give my honest opinion.

6. Indoor gardening 😉

Since the weather is so grim outside, I’m mostly reading these magazines. I learn so much from both titles – especially Gardeners’ World.  I believe you never stop learning so and I’m far from an expert when it comes to gardening.  Bit rubbish at remembering Latin names… oops – could be the E in ‘O’ level Latin to blame.

I might just have ordered a few plants for next year…double oops.

I joined RHS a few years back as we go to Tatton Park or another RHS show every year. So you can imagine my excitement when it was announced their 5th Garden – RHS Bridgewater will be two miles up the canal from us in Worsley, in Salford (right by the Junction 13 on M60 for the locals).  It’s coming along nicely – I’ll be going for a look round soon I hope.  The Garden and membership are handy because Wisley is near my mum house’s so we go when we are visiting her. She goes with her pals every month – they have a nice lunch and a good walk round to see what’s flowering – and buy a plant or two.  I get my love of gardening from my Mum.

Reading the magazines, listening to the rain hitting the windows, I’m planning and thinking of high summer and all the plants I’ll grow next year…how my bones won’t ache, how everything will grow and bloom just as it should – reality isn’t usually like that… but hey gardeners are optimists at heart.


As usual, I’m joining J from with #SixonSaturday – he’s got many cuttings, seedlings and tiny plants under his care – definitely living up to his name this week. Gardeners from around the world join in – there’s usually some tropical flowers to lift my spirits at this time of year.


My Self-care when I can’t garden

I’ve written often about how gardening and being in the garden is my happy place, it lifts my mood – it’s vital to my self-care.

So what do I do when it’s hurling down and I can’t get out into the garden?…

ln daylight, I sit so I can see out into the back garden – I have plenty of violas and pansies by the door. The porch and path have viola pots too 🙂 I check the small flowers as I go in and out. Concentrating makes you focus on the moment – that’s a good thing 🙂

During the week, when I’m at work, there’s no chance of getting out in the garden as it’s dark when I get home – what do I do then? I go for a walk at lunchtime even in the rain, noticing the plants, birds and animals as I walk around Oxford Road in Manchester. It is surprising how much urban wildlife and plants even in places they shouldn’t be.

Find YOUR self-care

Everyone seems frazzled and stressed in December – it seems as if they’re rushing around trying to please everyone else…so many expectations and meanwhile forgetting to take care of themselves… it’s a quick way to burn out 🙁

Here are some of my self-care options when the weather is grim and I’m hunkered down in our house – usually with music in the background 😉

  • Yoga
  • Sewing – I’m making Christmas tree decorations from felt.
  • Making soup – I like chopping things
  • Baking biscuits – quick 🙂
  • Soak in the bath – with candles –
  • we light candles every night in the lounge too – scent is a powerful mood enhancer
  • Mindfulness – breathing apps 🙂
  • Audiobooks
  • Writing postcards/cards to my friends – Everyone loves real post.
  • Listening to My Chap play his guitar.

Please don’t forget about YOUR self-care… and find what helps you… everyone is different so you need alternative self-care options.


What are you planning for next year? We’re planning our Cornish holiday too.

Have you been to a garden light show like #ChristmasatDunhamMassey? 

What’s your self-care when the weather is horrible?

Carpe Diem

Love Bec xx xx xx


  1. 09/12/2018 / 7:38 am

    Love your garden and how gorgeous is that rose, my mum used to have a garden full of then when i wss young and they seemed to flower throughout the year.

  2. Lora Hughes
    09/12/2018 / 7:59 pm

    I think I might have to go out & buy some bulbs in pots to force. Your violas & pansies are really lovely.

  3. 09/12/2018 / 9:45 pm

    I can’t believe you managed to get some gardening done in the foul weather we’ve been having this week! If you love light festivals, you should nip up to MediaCity and see Lightwaves (I think it’s still on?), I worked right next to it last year and it has some phenomenal installations! x

  4. 10/12/2018 / 12:08 pm

    I love a lovely looking floral garden. My parents is amazing and they do a grand job. I need to sort mine out xx

  5. 10/12/2018 / 1:04 pm

    Part of my self care is reading your fabulous descriptions of your plants and garden. I also love scented candles every night plus a soak in the bath.

  6. 10/12/2018 / 3:43 pm

    I’m planning to go to a garden light show this weekend and I’m so excited! It’s one of my favorite things to do at Christmas time. 🙂

  7. 10/12/2018 / 8:18 pm

    What a wonderful post! You are right, it is so important to remember to look after yourself during this incredibly busy festive period. I love going to the RHS gardens too – went to my first flower show this year at RHS Hampton Court Palace and it was a lovely treat 🙂

  8. 11/12/2018 / 11:35 am

    Lovely to see a bit of colour in the gardens at this time of year. My garden is boring as I can not have flowers as my dog eats them.

  9. 11/12/2018 / 11:45 am

    I love this and totally agree. I know as a mum I neglect myself at this time of year, I am always far too busy running around sorting the big day out to take care of myself!

  10. 11/12/2018 / 11:10 pm

    I wish my garden looked as good as this in the rain! It just looks like someone’s trampled all over it at the mo 🙁

    Louise x

  11. 12/12/2018 / 2:23 pm

    You’re hardcore gardening in this weather. I get really dry skin on my face at this time of year so I like to do face masks with a hot cup of hot chocolate x

  12. 13/12/2018 / 7:44 am

    I have a hoe like that one. Good for the veg beds I find. Lovely rose, mine are long gone.

    • 23/12/2018 / 12:20 pm

      it a great implement isn’t it – v sharp so I’m being extra careful. Another flower has appeared on the rose as my husband didn’t get around to pruning it.

  13. Siobhan McLoughlin
    19/12/2018 / 8:37 am

    It is wonderful that you still get to enjoy gardening in this weather! I never know what plants I can pot in this season 🙈

    • 23/12/2018 / 12:18 pm

      you can still plant daffodils, tulips, crocuses if you can still get hold of them. Just need to get them in pots before the ground freezes 🙂 violas and primulas are fine to plant as winter colour. they don’t mind cold weather too much.

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