The Patient Gardener


I would like to wish everyone who drops by this blog a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018. Instead of a plant themed Christmas greeting I am sharing with you my Christmas sewing and craft projects this year.  I have really embraced my love of sewing and embroidery this year and made some lovely new friends through it.  Apologies for the poor quality photos, they are from my Instagram account and… Read More

I am rather pleased with myself for having finished my Christmas sewing projects before Christmas.  I did think I was being somewhat optimistic at one point especially when I got distracted for a few weeks with knitting a poncho.  I wasn’t too ambitious but I wanted something festive and simple which I could occupy my hands with in the evening without having to concentrate too much.  I am really pleased with the… Read More

I have found myself pondering the meaning of Christmas over the last week or so.  Now I know that sounds very deep but from an agnostic’s point of view it is quite a key question. We are a somewhat small and depleted family having lost Dad a few months ago.  There is me, my two adult sons and Mum.  Of course there is also my brother-in-law and niece but since my sister… Read More

I haven’t been able to do any sewing or crocheting over the last couple of weeks as I have been just so tired due to the stress of work and long hours but this evening I had twitchy fingers and felt in need of something to occupy my hands.  In my project bag was a free crochet kit from Simply Crochet with some sparkly yard and instructions to crochet a snowflake or… Read More

A big Happy Christmas to everyone who reads this blog.  Thank you for your comments, advice, encouragement, support and even disagreement this year – its why writing this blog so rewarding. May you and your loved ones all have a wonderful New Year and may 2013 bring you everything you wish for. I’ll be back on Boxing Day with the annual flower count – albeit it  only the second year!

Any one who has read this blog for a while will know that despite its title I’m not really very patient and there are certain things, like flower arranging and the similar activities, that I am hopeless at.  However, I am becoming adept at finding quick and in my opinion snazzy alternatives. Having put up the Christmas tree and decorated the living and dining rooms I had a lots of assorted bubbles… Read More

In another moment of domestic goddessness and probably because I have been looking at Martha Stewart’s website too much I decided to make a Christmas wreath. I used to make them years back at our old house.  Back then we had a lovely front door that invited the addition of a wreath and I had more time as I didn’t work full-time.  Our front door now is Ok but its UPVC so… Read More

The worst thing about blogs and twitter is that I get lured in and at this time of year feel a need to do all the Christmassy domestic things.  However bitter experience has taught me that this is just ridiculous as I work full-time and I am not naturally a domestic goddess so I am trying to pick and choose my moments of domestic goddessness. Last Saturday an early morning twitter conversation… Read More

If you read my last post you will know that we were meant to be going to the Gower tomorrow for Christmas.  However with the snow we have at the moment – a good 4″ here and more heavy snow forecast tonight our enthusiasm for the drive has waned considerably.  By ‘We’ I am referring to myself and my two teenage sons and my parents.  We all live in Malvern no more… Read More