Goodbye Bog Garden

I had a lie in last Sunday morning, an unusual event recently but well overdue.  The only problem is that it meant my mind was wandering around (I had been woken by my mad cat demanding to be let out at 6am so was wide awake!).  I started thinking about Bog Garden which really isn’t…

The Bog Garden

I have illusions of grandeur and have created what I like to call the bog garden all of which makes me sound like I am auditioning to play Miranda Hart’s mother.  The reason for this grandiose pretension is that I grew to dislike my wildlife pond with vengeance. The pond has been in for about…

Projects underway

With the arrival of some much needed rain over the last few weeks my son and I have finally started on some of the projects I had planned for the garden.  I must admit I am lucky to have a very practical son to  help me out with my plans. Last weekend he cleared the…

A gardening day at last

Today was the best day in the garden this year but that isn’t really saying much as it’s the first day I have really been able to spend any time outside due to the cold, rain, frost, ice or snow since November. As normal I had half a dozen ideas of what I wanted to…

EOM View: Nov 2010 Warts and All

It’s the end of October and the garden is slowly throwing off its summer glad rags and getting ready for a long sleep.  I thought for a change this month I would give you a tour of the whole garden – warts and all.  So if you enter the garden from the side gate this…

A weekend’s gardening – good for the soul

Finally, after three weekends of not being able to get in the garden due to two colds and family commitments I managed to spend quite a bit of time indulging myself this weekend. It was a little chilly to start with but hard work soon warmed me up and I even avoided coughing fits which…

An hour of discoveries

Yesterday the weather was just about warm enough for me to brave the garden for an hour – with plenty of layers on.  It was nice to get some fresh air and engage with the garden again after what seems like forever due to the bad weather and Christmas. I was thrilled to discover the…

Blogging can make you a better gardener

Garden blogging for the last 18 months has really expanded my knowledge without me really realising that I was absorbing so much information.  However, I realised today that my knowledge has recently expanded even more since I started writing a week post on gardening for Yell.com. I hadn’t really thought about how I would find…

I have lost all control!

Argh – I have lost all control of the garden.  I know that in truth we can never control nature but even the illusion that I am on top of things has gone.  What with two weekends away, never ending rain, garden visiting with the garden club I have probably only managed about 4 hours…

Pond in a bath

I am always looking for an excuse to increase the water in my garden apart from the stuff that comes down from the sky.  I have been thinking about having a small pond on the patio for a while now.  We have a reasonably sized wildlife pond which seems to be thriving if the size…

An English Country Garden – April 09

Today the garden club I belong to started its garden visits again.  Our monthly meeting is inside from October to March with talks etc and then from April to September we visit gardens. This month we went to a new garden to me – White Cottage in Stock Green, Worcestershire.  The garden also has a…

Progress report on projects – slope & pond

I have reported before that I have alot of work to do on the layout of the back garden this year.  It is one of those situations that in order to put a simple path in I have to address a number of other problems first. One of these is my pond.  I dug it…