6 on Saturday: it’s all about peonies!

I have a love affair with peonies. They are my favourite flower. I know that they tease us with their buds, flower quickly and then die back but the glory of their flowers is so beautiful for me that I would happily wait all year for just one day of these beautiful blooms! This week my 6 on Saturday is dedicated to peonies. This meme was started over at The Propergator. It’s a way of noting six things in your garden, right now and is a fun meme to join in with.

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6 on Saturday: it’s a long weekend!

It looks as if we are in for some warm weather this May Day weekend which will be lovely. The garden is just about to take off and it just needs a little warmth now for it to really take off this Spring.

6 on Saturday is a meme started by The Propagatorblog. It’s a place to share 6 things in your garden and it’s a lovely meme to join in with.

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#MyGloriousGardens May Link Party

And then it was May….how did that happen?? Welcome to the #MyGloriousGardens May link party! A place to link blog posts about your garden, a garden you have visited, garden tips and advice or, an outdoor experience that you would like to share with the world. Link parties are great for meeting new bloggers, gaining new readers and putting your blog post out there to be enjoyed by others.

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6 on Saturday: it’s all about growth!

Here is my latest 6 on Saturday post. If you would like to join in with this meme do check out The propagators blog to find out more.

This week the Old House garden has noticeably grown with all the rain we have had here in Wiltshire. After the hot, sunny weather of last weekend, this cold weather has been a shock! I’m back in my coat and boots! Ah well, the joys of spring in the U.K. The garden has obviously enjoyed it.

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6 on Saturday: it’s all about tulips!

This meme was started over at The Propagator blog. It’s a fun way of showing 6 things that are in your garden right now. Here are mine and they are all tulips. This sudden, sunny weather has made them all open and they are looking amazing. I don’t have loads of tulips but the ones I do have are just lovely and a really welcome site after the slow start to Spring. I have to be honest I don’t know all of their names so any help would be great!

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Six on Saturday: It’s all about a little touch of sunshine!

Hello everyone and I’m a little late with my Six on Saturday but we have been ultra busy today. We have visited RHS Cardiff this morning, had lunch at Tredegar House on our way home, had a quick look at the house and gardens and then home for some gardening in this glorious sunshine! It’s been 17 degrees this afternoon in Wiltshire so we felt energised to get in the garden for the last few hours of the afternoon.

If you are unfamiliar with the meme, Six on Saturday, take a look at The Propagator Blog for the participant guide.

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Six on Saturday: Spring is here!

Here are my Six on Saturday and finally, Spring is here! We have enjoyed some Spring sunshine this week after such a cold spell. The garden is waking quickly now and you can see the growth each day. I have been busy weeding, mulching and sowing seeds this week. It’s been a busy time as we have also finished the wildlife pond.

If you would like to join in with this weekly meme started over at The Propagator, take a look here.

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7 Ways To Help Your Teenager Manage Exam Stress

The stress of formal exams is a tricky one to negotiate for both teenagers and their parents: The stress of doing well, the stress of what will happen afterwards and the stress of what to do with their lives in the future can all take its toll. I actually think our teenagers have many stresses  that they have to deal with and it seems to be much more than I remember as a teenager growing up in the 1980’s.

I know a little about exam stress as one of my children has A’Levels this summer whilst the other has GCSE’s! Obviously, with a two year gap between my children, I knew this day would come but it seems to have rushed towards us since September!  I worry about them as any parent would and want to help them as much as possible so, here are my top tips for managingexam stress at this time in their lives.

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I’m proud to call myself a Mindful Gardener.

I didn’t know that I had missed my time in the garden so much until this weekend. Was it the return of Monty in Gardeners World? Was it the fact that we finally managed to get a spade in the ground after all the freezing weather? Was it the appearance of the early Spring flowers?

No. I realised that I had been missing my mindful moments for I am proud to call myself a Mindful Gardener!

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