The Patient Gardener

Archives

I’ve been away for a week visiting gardens in Yorkshire, very inspiring and I will probably share my thoughts and images with you soon.  I only had time on arriving home to unload my plant acquisitions  so I didn’t have a chance to walk round the garden until Friday morning when it was absolutely pouring.  The rain is well overdue and the garden will benefit and hopefully the humidity will be lifted… Read More

Stockton Bury is one of my favourite local gardens so the idea of a visit which also combined a country gardeners market with a range of local nurseries was an opportunity impossible to resist.  Luckily for all concerned the heavy and relentless rain we had yesterday was not present and in the morning the sun shone adding to the jolliness of the event. I realise now that I don’t have any photos… Read More

As you can see the garden has had a dose of winter this weekend albeit short-lived with the majority of the snow having melted by Saturday lunchtime. I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed that it was too cold to do anything outside as all I wanted to do yesterday was hide inside.  I have been overcome with a tidal wave of grief which has crept up on me unexpectedly during the week,… Read More

I have never ever won any trophy for anything so you can imagine how thrilled I am at winning the trophy above.  It is  even better given that the trophy is a wooden bowl when you consider my eldest son is a wood turner so we have a passion for wood in my house. I won the trophy at the Alpine Garden Society Malvern show which was held today at the RHS… Read More

Being a bit of a plant nut for me shows are all about the nurseries not the show gardens.  If I am honest I think the show gardens, especially at Chelsea, get far too much coverage and the nurseries get overlooked.  At the end of the day without the nurseries growing, and in some case breeding, plants there wouldn’t be much on offer for the designers to plant up their show gardens… Read More

There are certain nurseries I enjoy visiting and there are certain people I enjoy buying plants with.  Today the two came together and I visited Cotswold Garden Flowers with Victoria, Rob and Darren.  I didn’t know Darren but I have known Victoria and Rob for some years.  Victoria and I went to San Francisco last summer and I worked with Rob at Chelsea a few years back. All three are knowledgeable about… Read More

During the Garden Bloggers Fling in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago we visited two nurseries.  When I saw these on the itinerary I was a little down as to make a plantaholic visit a nursery when they couldn’t buy any plants to take home to the UK seemed a bit mean. Oh well, I thought I would wander around and try not to covert too much and then we would… Read More

There is nothing nicer on a sunny warm Saturday than visiting an excellent nursery especially when you are accompanied by a very knowledgeable plantsperson as I was with the company of Rob Stacewicz today.  We decided on a whim about a week away when chatting on twitter to visit Cotswold Garden Flowers this weekend. For those of you who don’t know the owner of this nursery, Bob Brown, has a huge reputation… Read More

I have spent a lovely couple of days in North Wales staying with Karen (ArtistsGarden).  Although we don’t need an excuse to meet up it was rather convenient that there was a Plant Fair at Crug Farm on Saturday which just happens to be about an hour from Karen’s  – so rude not to go really. We picked up a couple of like-minded souls: Karen’s sister-in-law Jane and Kate (Beangenie) and set… Read More

I have a weakness for parcels and so I have fully embraced the whole on-line shopping revolution. I am now beginning to find more and more nurseries that you can buy from on-line.  At first I was a little dubious as I worried about the quality of the plant, but I have now progressed from bulbs and seeds to plants and so far so good.  I think the key is to buy… Read More