I started this blog in 2008 to record how my garden developed, it quickly became a gardening journal and I have loved it every since. I am passionate about horticulture despite working in higher education administration. I have started to re-engage with other hobbies: knitting, sewing and drawing so sometimes the posts on here may be less garden focussed. However, as I don't want to bore you with my new crochet obsession I have started another blog for this and if you are interested there is a link further down this side bar.
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My friend Victoria has recently said on her blog it is good to get away from your garden for a week or so as when you return you see it with fresh eyes. I think she is right. Having been … Continue reading
One of the places I was really looking forward to visiting on our holiday was Isola Bella; one of three islands in the Borromean Bay. I had seen the garden on Monty Don’s Italian Garden series and was really pleased … Continue reading
My sons and I have just returned from a wonderful week on Lake Maggiore which is located in the shadow of the Alps in the Piedmont area of Northern Italy. I am constantly amazed that my sons still want to … Continue reading
I had an enjoyable, although warm, day today at the local national Alpine Garden Society show. Long term readers will know that I have a growing fascination with alpines and have started showing myself in the Novice section. Today I … Continue reading
What a rewarding weekend in so many planty ways. I spent Saturday at the annual HPS Variegated Specialist Group meeting which was held near by and was fascinating. The attendance was much smaller than at the annual Galanthus group meeting … Continue reading
The Council of Perfection dictates many things particularly when pruning is mentioned. However, the Council of Perfection does not work full-time in a demanding job and over commit itself to too many things in the evenings so it will have … Continue reading