The Patient Gardener


As I was staying in Sissinghurst village for my visit to Great Dixter at the lovely Milk House, which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting that area, it would have been madness for me not to visit Sissinghurst garden. I have to admit to having mixed feelings about this garden visit.  Sissinghurst is one of those gardens that, as a gardener, you feel you should have visited and be able to… Read More

I’ve been umming and arhing about what I should focus on this year for the End of Month View.  I like to have a new area to look at each year.  Last year I bored you with my front garden and before that I looked at the slope, cottage border and woodland border. I have decided to focus on a group of discreet areas this year as I think it will make… Read More

Stone House, Worcestershire This post is written as part of the Grow Write Guild – this week the theme is Your Dream Garden When I sat down to write about my dream garden I closed my eyes to try to bring an image to mind.  Weirdly, it all went a little Disneyish and the fantasy garden was a cartoon with the blue birds tweeting! This quickly turned into the garden of Sleeping… Read More

Another month over and it couldn’t have been one of more extremes.  Nothing but rain and low temperatures at the beginning and then no rain just unseasonably high temperatures the last few weeks.  There seems to have been no transition from one to the other, one minute we were wearing jumpers the next T-shirts.  The plants have soldiered on some flourishing in the temperatures and some, like the Delphinium, seem to have… Read More

We nearly had a perfect English Sunday outing this weekend.  We decided that it would not be sensible for me to go to Spetchley Rare Plant Fayre as I would only end up with more plants that I would then have to find homes for. This isn’t a good idea as there is further temptation only two weeks away at the Malvern Spring show and I am definately committed to going to the… Read More

This Saturday I spent a pleasant afternoon at a friend’s garden.  She had opened it for our garden club and it was immaculate.  Despite, or maybe because of, the rain the night before and yesterday morning everything was looking perky and standing to attention.  The garden is divided into rooms.  There are raised vegetable beds adjacent to the house. In these were neat rows of Sweet Corn, Carvelo Nero, Purple Sprouting Broccoli,… Read More