The Patient Gardener

For the love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but always grows and grows to an enduring and ever-increasing source of happiness – Gertrude Jekyll



In a vase on Monday: White Beauty

Continuing with the stuck in the sofa theme of the last post my Vase On Monday isn't a vase but a potted Hippeastrum. I love Hippeastrums, or Amaryllis as we used to call them. They remind me of my aunt's... Continue Reading →

Aspirations for 2017

I have resolutely avoided blogging about New Year resolutions. I am a great believer in doing rather than saying and it is easy to say I will do this or that but actually carrying it out is another thing.  I... Continue Reading →


"But the beauty is in the walking - we are betrayed by destinations" - Welsh poet Gwyn Thomas Having to some degree drifted through life for the last 10  years or so in the same job, the same house and... Continue Reading →

Happy Christmas


West Coast of Japan – A threatened beauty

My trip to Japan wasn't all about the gardens, it was more about experiencing Japan  and trying to get a little insight into its fascinating culture.  As I have said we travelled in a sort of zig-zag south from Kyoto. ... Continue Reading →

Going state-side 2017

I'm rather thrilled that I have registered this weekend to attend the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling which will be hosted in the Capital Region of the US. I loved the 2013 GB Fling in San Francisco and made lots of... Continue Reading →

Festival of Quilts 2016

Being of a somewhat obsessive nature having started embroidering again I unsurprisingly started to seek out magazines to feed my obsession. Whilst my real interest is embroidery, mainly as I can do… Source: Festival of Quilts 2016

World Embroidery Day 2016

Today is World Embroidery Day when we are meant to go to public places and share our love of stitching. A lovely sentiment but for me I will have to share virtually as having spent the day painting… Source: World... Continue Reading →

The Laundry Bag Finished

So I have finally finished the first sewing project in my new sewing room.  Did I mention that I now have a sewing room?  Its a rather grand title for my son’s bedroom which I have taken owne… Source: The... Continue Reading →

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