A bit about me

2014_09140031logoWelcome, thanks for stopping by.

The blog started in 2008 primarily as a way of recording progress on a relatively new garden.  Through it I have met, both in real life and virtually, lots of gardeners and some have become real friends.  The blog has given me many of opportunities from helping plant a RHS Chelsea Flower Show showgarden to writing for several years  for Yell.com as their gardening expert.  I have also had a number of posts published on the Guardian gardening blog and for a year once a month did a short stint on the local BBC radio show.   I continue to regularly  review books for Timberpress.

All of these experiences have been huge fun but these days I am focussing on learning as much as I can about the plants I love.  I want to absorb as much as I can from the plantspeople I meet whether at talks, through blogs or at groups.   There is such a wealth of knowledge out there waiting to be tapped into and I truely believe there has been far too much focus on design in recent years and plantsmanship has taken a back seat.

I work full time in higher education but there is part of me that hopes and dreams that one day I may be able to have a small nursery specialising in my favourite plants.

I hope you enjoy the blog, please do visit again and leave a comment so I can visit you back.


28 thoughts on “A bit about me

  1. Hello

    I think you left a message on my answer machine yesterday about Zanthoxylum schinifoliuim. I managed to delete my messages!! If it is you perhaps you could email me with your question.
    thanks. Sue

  2. Heard you on Mike & Reg (BBC H&W) today Helen.

    Well done. You’re now on the road to superstardom. I’ll be listening out for more from you in future weeks.


  3. Hi Patient Gardener

    I am contacting you as an employee of Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. We are a leading conversation charity. I came across your blog for research and wanted to contact you to ask if you will be interested in writing an article for our “Festival of Garden” which will launch in March. We are trying to make people aware of the use of water butts and highlight how important and useful it is. We have a press release all ready and waiting to be screened and written. Please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

    Email if you’re interested.

    Kind Regards

    Laura WWT

  4. Hi Patient Gardener,

    I’m on Blotanical but I can’t work out how to get the Blotanical logo on my blog. I notice you have it on yours and was hoping you could guide me through the process of how to do it (I’m on wordpress too)????



  5. I am the author of a number of gardening books and have recently started a blog about garden design and in particular perennial meadows.

    The site is http://www.perennialmeadows.com

    My aim is to encourage others to think about planting in the broader context of garden design. To this end, I have written a number of posts about my ideas for the creation of perennial meadows. Additionally, I will be launching a series of eBooks through the site.

    I am busily searching the web for good gardening sites to follow which is why I am contacting you. Your content is professional, intelligent and well above the average run of gardening blogs and is very relevant to my own areas of interest.

    If you have time, please take a look at my new blog – any points of advice would be most appreciated as this is a new project for me.

    I will continue to follow your blog and should there be any way I can help you now or in the future please do feel free to make contact.

    Very best wishes,

    Michael King

  6. Hello, Patient Gardener! I have to laugh, as I’m new to blogging and just spent the better part of Friday and Saturday trying to figure out how to set up a blog so I could launch it on the first day of spring. Now that it’s live, I’m cruising through the blogosphere to see what’s out there, and I came upon your blog. I used a picture of mini daffs on my post, and then I see your lovely daff picture as well, and I thought, ah ha, a kindred spirit! You’ve obviously been doing this a while, and I really enjoyed looking at your blog. Then I realized you’re way across the pond, and I realized what a small world we live in. Happy first day of spring!

  7. How lovely to find such an inspirational blog. I’ve recently moved into a house with a long, narrow, steep garden with a clay soil and an ample crop of ground elder. I neeed all the patience I can get….keep going! Jane

  8. Hi Helen, I have just discovered your blog. I am not a regular blogger but my daughter asked if I could grow some flowers for her wedding which is in September this year. I start blogging just to keep a diary of what was happening in my garden last summer.I found it a bit indulgant to begin with but soon realised it was a great way of keeping a record of what is growing well. I became a regular slug baiter by using Tesco Valu beer. It works a treat. I look forward to following your blog.

  9. Hello! I discovered your blog by accident today, after having googled to remind myself of the name of what turned out to be lysimachia ciliata. Your site looked SO familiar as it is the same format I started blogging with earlier this year (ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com)! Having read a little of what you do and how you use your blog it is making me rethink how adventurous I want to be – so far it is mainly for my own benefit, but there again that is how you started! Thanks for your inspiration and I look forward to reading more! Regards, Cathy

  10. Hello Helen, Thanks for visitng my blog, I am really glad to see that blogs do help to find collegueas and stay in contact. What I have see of your blog looks fantastic, but I wiil read in depth and since I have susbcribed, I will be in touch. Best, Lula

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  12. Hi Helen,
    I’ve just realised I’ve never posted a hello on here.
    It was because of your excellent and well thought out blog that got me inspired into having a go at blogging.
    WordPress recently told me I’ve blogging for a year. Where does the time go.?!! :-)
    All the Best.

  13. Hi Helen,

    I was hoping that you could get back to me with an email address that I could send you over some product information on, for a possible review.

    Many thanks,

  14. Hi Helen,

    I am a junior designer studying industrial design and technology at Loughborough University. For my final year design project i have set myself the challenge of designing a product that can better deal with garden waste around residential properties.

    My ultimate aim is to reduce the number of people that travel to council tips to remove their waste, usually ripping through multiple bin bags in the process, which again is not very sustainable.

    Any thoughts or insights you could provide me with would be greatly appreciated at this stage, I am very welcome to hear any suggestions you may have.

  15. Hi Helen,

    We are nearing completion on a new blog post that list our favourite UK Gardening blogs, with reasons why and links to posts, needless to say you have been included. I was wondering if you would be kind enough to provide us with little Autmun/Winter gardening tip for our readers?

    I’d also be happy to send the article so you can take a sneak peek before it goes live :)

    Thanks in advance, and keep up the great work!!!

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