Author Archives: Helen Johnstone

About Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited


Yesterday afternoon my Dad, Roy, passed away.  He had suffered a major heart attack and cardiac arrest in the 3rd August at Worcester hospital. At the time we were thankful that Mum had sensed something was very wrong and had … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday 20/8/14 – Colchicum

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My Garden this Weekend 17/8/14 – A Warts & All Tour

I have weeded, dead-headed, cut back and generally given the garden a good sort out this weekend and during the evenings last week.  It was long overdue and the chaos that has been irritating me for weeks, if not months, … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2014

Here we are at the end of August and I have been lamenting the lack of colour in my garden.  I have been more interested in foliage in the last year and I wondered whether this has had a negative … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday 13/8/14 – Zinnia

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My Garden This Weekend – 10th August 2014

I haven’t been in the garden this weekend apart from to take some photographs.  Sunday has been wet and windy thanks to residue of hurricane Bertha once she had blasted across the Atlantic.  We have had very heavy downpours and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bee

I agreed to review The Bee: A Natural History by Noah Wilson-Rich because I was curious to know more about bees.  As a garden blogger who uses social media extensively I have felt bombarded in the last year or so … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday 5/8/14 – Phyllostachys pubescens

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Isole Madre – an Italian Botanical Delight

Now some of my readers have kindly described my garden as lush when they saw my EOMV photos but I don’t see it this way.  For me the photo above shows a lush garden.  The garden in question is Isola … Continue reading

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End of Month View July 2014

It seems like forever since I wrote the last End of Month View so much so that I couldn’t remember what photos I usually included so this post might be a little hit and miss.  I’ll start with my favourite … Continue reading

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