The Patient Gardener

Archives

So it’s the last day of Writing 101 – such a pity. Our final task is to write about the future.  As usual I drafted my post in my head on my drive home; my best writing often happens somewhere between Worcester and Malvern.  But it all became quite melancholy so I threw that virtual draft away and rebooted my inner Pollyanna and started again. Starting in the near future I think… Read More

Today’s Writing 101 assignment requires me to do a collaborative post with a fellow blogger such as an interview or guest post.  I’m not a fan of guest posts as I think its unfair to ask someone else to write content for your blog but then you could argue that it’s a chance for a blogger to access new readers. Anyway, rising to the challenge I decided to interview Brian of OurGarden@19. … Read More

My garden is smallish and with my plant addiction I need to prioritise plant space so good-bye lawn.  Who needs a lawn anyway? Some would argue that a lawn is a counterfoil to borders and sets them off; it’s somewhere to rest your eyes.  This is true and I totally agree  – if you have the space to create vistas and if you have so much planting that you need to rest… Read More

Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I am a passionate gardener, so my response to today’s Writing 101 prompt about what I do when not writing is easy. The majority of my time is spent at a PC in my office at the University where I am an administrator so in fact I spend the majority of my time writing something or other at home or at work. Gardening… Read More

It is no use asking me or anyone else how to dig… Better to go and watch a man digging, and then take a spade and try to do it. Gertrude Jekyll I love Gertrude Jekyll.  Not because of her beautiful colour co-ordinated borders but because of her straight forward writing style and practical approach. One of my bug-bears when it comes to gardening is gardeners lack of confidence at undertaking quite… Read More

‘Treasure’ – an interesting word which immediately conjures up images of pirate loot, piles of gold and jewels but it means so much more. I treasure the relationship I have with my sons. Both grown men now. I have bought them up as a single parent since they were 2 and 3. We have a special bond, and I feel so lucky that we, as adults, are friends , sharing jokes and… Read More

Why do I write?  Because I can’t help myself.  I need to let out the thoughts and whitterings that run around my mind.  As Sylvia Plath said: “I write only because There is a voice within me That will not be still” I am a restless soul with a mind like a mad chirping bird that flits from one thing to another.  I try to calm my mind, to focus on one… Read More