When it comes to my garden, I have a particular weakness and that is flowers. When it comes to flowers, again I have a specific weakness and that is Peonies. I adore them. They’re top heavy, a little fussy, and take up lots of space, but only flower for a few weeks a year. It … More A note on peonies
‘Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.’ Robert Louis Stevenson This blog isn’t about keeping an allotment, or growing prize-winning vegetables that win ‘best in show’. As much as I admire both such activities, they seem far-off to me, given the number of hours in the day … More Growing vegetables for the family
I’m afraid it has been far too long since my last post. There are a few reasons for this. A working Mum, with an energetic toddler and an ongoing building project, finding the time has been a little tricky. Just washing the plates in our upstairs bathroom (no kitchen for 3 months now) is rather … More A quiet spell
My plans for filling the half-empty border in our garden are all on hold right now. The garden is filled with steels, a cement mixer and chunks of our roof, making it hard to get around, but impossible to do so was toddler safely. No more naptime gardening sessions – at least for a couple … More Gardening with a builder
Blossom by blossom the spring begins. Algernon Charles Swinburne. I think it’s fair to say, spring is well and truly in progress. The first cherry blossom has appeared in our garden and other trees have fat pink buds, ready to burst open on the next sunny day. My husband and I planted one particular cherry … More Beginnings
Our garden is everything we need for our little family, but I still covet a walled garden. There’s a beautiful one at Calke Abbey, in Derbyshire. It’s a perfect place to get some inspiration, and there’s plenty of space for my son to run around in. With sunny weather and an energetic child, it seemed … More A walled garden
The short answer is yes. We’re having a very mild start to the year, as described this week in The Guardian. But what’s the ‘normal’ starting time for Spring? The Met Office describe two different dates marking the beginning of Spring. ‘Meteorological Spring’ and ‘Astronomical Spring’ are based on different calendars and start on March … More Is Spring early this year?