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 about the demise of the bee and how we have to help them.  I am…

A Bee’s Delight

This year I planted a drift of Allium sphaerocephalen along the edge of the front lawn. I had seen them growing at Cotswold Garden Flowers last summer and liked the fact that they were one of the later alliums to flower. They have thrived in the warm and dry border and I am particularly taken…

Solomon’s seal sawfly – yuk!

I have only myself to blame – I have been away too much recently; the majority of the garden has been neglected due to clearing space for the workshop; and recently the heat has reduced my energy and enthusiasm.  How do I know that I haven’t had my eye on the ball? Well you only…

Snails have a use after all

I think this is a case of upcycling.  I spotted the idea on a shoot of a garden in France on the recent BBC series on French Gardens and pinched it. I am frequently coming across snail shells in the garden and I think they look much more natural than the various plastic or wooden…

Final Postcard from Cornwall: Wild flowers and pasties

The thing that struck me more than anything during our week in Cornwall was the wildflowers.  Anyone who has holidayed in Cornwall will know all about the narrow windy roads with high verges.  I have often holidayed in this area in July or August and the verges have been grassy with a few flowers.  However,…

Listen

  This is written in response to the latest prompt from the Grow Write Guild – the theme is what your garden sounds like. If you click on the link on the bird names you will hear what I hear. For me the optimum gardening time is early evening when everyone else is busy with…

My Garden This Weekend – 7th April 2013

I think it is safe to say, if my aching muscles are anything to go by, that I have had a good gardening weekend at last.  Though to be honest it has taken a lot of determination not to just give up.  Whilst the weather has been demoralising at times the reason for my despair…

Snow

So the snow has arrived.  It started about 6:00am just as we were beginning to think the forecasters had been over-cautious.  Heavy snow persistently falling so that now some 4 hours later we have around 2 inches of snow laying in the garden.  I love snow if I don’t have to get anywhere in it. …