The Patient Gardener

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  Hoorah a sunny Sunday at long last with temperature creeping into double figures.  But what to do and where to start? Having been unable to garden for several weekends due to the cold and wet the jobs are mounting up.  The situation isn’t helped by the fact that I have started some major renovation at the top of the garden and also on the patio – they are strangely connected. The… Read More

I’m struggling a little with life at the moment and to top everything else off my car has died on me so I have the irritation of having the phone the garage tomorrow and no doubt part with large sums of money at some point this week.  The only time this past week when I have felt calm and at peace as been in the garden.  Even though I am not conscious… Read More

There is a particular significance to this photograph.  It  heralds a new approach to my garden and how I spend time in it – well I hope so.  I have never had anywhere to sit in the garden, aside from a bench on the patio by the back-door.  I often sit on the bottom step of the steps at the top of the garden as I like being surrounded by the plant… Read More

It has been a delightful weekend, with temperatures reaching 10C, mild for the time of year and the sun shining in a clear blue sky. Sadly this idyllic gardening weather was tainted by one of my neighbours, who despite having a handkerchief of a garden, seems to possess and use every sort of petrol driven tool you can think of – this weekend it was the leafblower!  I have incredibly sensitive hearing… Read More

I had a lie in last Sunday morning, an unusual event recently but well overdue.  The only problem is that it meant my mind was wandering around (I had been woken by my mad cat demanding to be let out at 6am so was wide awake!).  I started thinking about Bog Garden which really isn’t very boggy and is one of those parts of the garden that I walk past averting my… Read More

Like a fairytale princess the daisy border is stretching her limbs and opening her eyes, welcoming the sunshine which seems to have finally arrived. Aster umbellatus, like a bridesmaid leads the way, opening its tiny dainty flowers before all the others.  A mass of insects which hide when the camera appear.  It is tall, adding height and a delightful counterpoint to the Calamgrostis overdam take form the backbone of the border. Aster… Read More

I was interested to see when I was watching Gardeners World last Friday Carol Klein talking about planting a bank. Living on the lower slopes of the Malvern Hills my garden certainly slopes.  I suppose you could say that the garden has been terraced in the loosest possible way.  The lower section has a slight incline and then there is a ‘dry stone’ wall of Malvern stone dug up from the garden. … Read More

With the arrival of some much needed rain over the last few weeks my son and I have finally started on some of the projects I had planned for the garden.  I must admit I am lucky to have a very practical son to  help me out with my plans. Last weekend he cleared the top corner of the  garden and took away 6 years of twigs, branches and other woody detritus. … Read More

The garden is looking shabby and unloved at the end of this month and my excuse is that it is autumn but if I am honest it has looked a bit like this  for most of the year.  However, the tide of indecision is  turning as I  am slowly but surely moving forward with my plans.  Although  this has resulted in some lost sleep as I wake up in the early hours… Read More