Thinking of becoming a Horticulture student??

Last year I decided to take my passion for plants a step further. I became a Horticulture student.  I ran an online search and found that my local college did a great selection of horticulture courses, including RHS courses. I made my selection and enrolled straightaway. I was very excited to get started. My course was…

Shhhhhh………Secret Open Garden

I was recently invited to a secret open garden here in wonderful Yorkshire. Ok so it wasn’t a secret, but it was private and invite only, and man was I a lucky bugger to be invited! Everyone who knows me knows that I am a garden geek. None so much more than my poor husband, who when…

My Visit To Darren’s Garden

It’s blatantly obvious how much I love gardens, especially Cottage Gardens. In my last blog post I discussed the importance of  ‘Urban Cottage Gardens’ and how great they are and so much so than Darren Lakin’s urban cottage garden in South Yorkshire. Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Darren’s garden. I’ve been a…

The Importance Of Urban Cottage Gardens

I love cottage gardens, they are my passion and building one has been my dream come true. But my cottage garden is not authentic! I don’t live in a cottage in a rural village with acres at my feet. I live in a semi detached urban village. That, however, wasn’t going to stop me having…

The New Project – Out With The Old, In With The New

I love a good garden project and since I began creating a cottage garden at the beginning of the year my brain cogs just haven’t stopped spinning. Last June/July I dug up my scraggy lawn and added a Kitchen Garden which I loved, but since acquiring a second allotment I really didn’t need a kitchen…

Big Dreams Small Budget

I love gardening shows like Big Dreams Small Spaces and Love Your Garden. However I always seem to cringe when I hear the final budget. Only because, like most people in today’s modern world money is tight. I am a student in the middle of a career change with a house and family,  so my big garden…

Hitting The Wall On Allotment!

When the day arrives when you get the call to say your name has come up next on the waiting list for an allotment,  I don’t think anything is more exciting! You sign the papers and this lovely bit of earth is yours and you are filled with enthusiasm and grand plans for cultivation. You’re…

Because It’s All About My Vase, Bout My Vase, Oh Flowers!

It’s the height of summer and everything is growing wild and I love it. The bee’s are rolling around in the plants in ecstasy and their happiness is most certainly contagious, you can feel their joyous vibrations as the buzz about the place. This week in my cut flower vase I wanted to create summer, you know the…

My Blog and Quitting

My last blog post in May was from a very fragile place. I was suffering heavily from severe depression, that came out of nowhere and hit me like a tonne of rubble. I’ve suffered the black dog since my teens so I now know how to recognise the signs of the dog creeping in, but this time I…

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 & What’s Going On With Me!

Some of you may have noticed in the last month I haven’t really been around much. My blog hasn’t been written in a month,  tweets are few and far between, Instagram has slowed down and I haven’t Vlogged much either. Well I’ve never been shy about talking about my battles with mental health and lately…

HFS – Floral Art Exhibition

In my review blog of The Harrogate Spring Flower show I promised you a post on the ‘Floral Art’ exhibition from the floral marquee and here it is! However before we get started let me just make a couple of things clear. All the opinions are my own and I do NOT proclaim to be an expert in…

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 – Review

When my alarm went off this morning for the first time in yonks I didn’t hit the snooze button. Why, because I was attending my first ever flower show and man was I excited. Despite doing a Q&A piece with Harrogate Flower Show prior to attending, I was still not exactly sure what I was…