The Patient Gardener


I spent three days at the start of this week mooching around North Wales and the Welsh Marches.  The purpose of my mooching was visiting two blogging friends.  First stop was Artists Garden near Barmouth in Wales. Karen is opening her garden for the NGS on the 4th September so there is a real sense of impending panic at getting it all ready.  Personally I don’t know what she is worrying about… Read More

I have often wondered what drives people to be obsessive about things and in particular to feel a need to collect every type available.  I have never been one to collect; I had a stamp collection briefly as a child and also a collection of pig ornaments for a while but my interest in them soon fizzled out.  So when I read about galanthophiles (snowdrop collectors) I am puzzled.  After all the… Read More

I’m not a big one for celebrating the New Year, I find it very over hyped and commercial and people seem to have high  expectations for having an amazing time.  For me Christmas marks the end of the year and I find myself looking forward and making plans before the tree is even down.  In fact my tree is frequently down before the New Year.  I like Christmas I have just had… Read More

I wrote a post or two back on my visit to Arley Arboretum.  What some people don’t realise is that Arley also has a garden, albeit on a much smaller scale than the arboretum. I showed you the Italian Garden in the previous post but on the other side of the working area there are herbaceous borders and the magnolia garden.  Despite this obviously not being the right time of year for… Read More

I am on annual leave this week using  up the last of my leave allowance and enjoying the late summer sunshine.  It has been a strange week and dominated by visits to two very different gardens. As some of you may have picked up a group of 25 of us  UK garden bloggers/twitters visited Prince Charles’ garden at Highgrove yesterday.  Due to security no cameras etc were allowed so I can’t entertain… Read More

I missed out on my garden club’s April garden visit and last month it was our plant sale so I was looking forward to this month’s outing.  We do try to go to gardens that aren’t open on a regular basis or if they open under the NGS, those that only open the group visits.  This month’s outing was to Showborough House nr Twyning in Worcestershire. The current owners had taken up… Read More

It was my garden club’s last outside visit of the year today and I was really impressed with the garden that had been chosen – Harrell Hardy Plants in Evesham.  The garden started life as a nursery and was created by two sisters.  They acquired some land just behind a row of houses which already had some old greenhouses and about an acre of field.  They had great plans to grow the… Read More

Today I have been helping my friend with opening her garden in Callow Worcestershire for the National Garden Scheme.  I know her through our Cottage Garden Society and most of the committee turned up to help so we were a merry bunch.  The garden was open from 11-4 so it was quite a long day.  Luckily the sun shone and the plants sparkled. She has lived at this house for 3 years… Read More