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…

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…

Introducing My New Lottie!

Everything you heard is true, I have only gone and bagged myself another allotment and not another half plot either a FULL plot in full sun, YIPEEEEEE! Are you ready to meet her? OK then, here she is……… Meet No.9 Dream…… isn’t she beautiful? I had my name down for just over a year and…

SPOTLIGHT ON: Forsythia

Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood Variety’ has to be one of my favourite spring flowers. I mean just look at it, nothing else required in this vase at all, it speaks for itself. Forsythia makes an excellent cut flower but it does have a short vase life unfortunately. As a shrub it’s also spectacular, flowering from February…

Rebel Yell…. When to REALLY sow your seeds!

Everyone is an expert it seems on the subject of when to sow this and when to sow that. I’m really not surprised at all that beginners to growing get so confused by this subject, it’s enough to confuse me and I’ve been growing some years now! Well just because I’m a bit of a…

What’s Growing On – Feb 2017

My green fingers have been itching to get sowing for weeks now and patience certainly isn’t my virtue. But I have just about managed to restrain myself from going grow mad! There is only so many times you can organise and admire your new seed packets before you cave. My first sowings were of Sweetpeas and…

Don’t settle, eat the best!

I bought a sandwich and as I sat down to eat it, the first thing I did was remove the tomatoes. My husband looked at me baffled and said “I thought you liked tomatoes love?” The thing is I do love tomatoes, I love to grow them and I love to eat them. However I…

Daring to be Different – The NEW Trend

The way we grow our fruit and veg these days is changing and it’s exciting. No longer is it cool to just grow your own. We want more. And by more I mean we want choice, variety, something funky and different. We want new colours, new shapes. The quirky old schooler in forms of heritage…

10 Amazing Annual Cutflowers I can’t live without + Giveaway!

If you read my previous blog “Beginners Guide to Growing Cutflowers” then you’ve most likely been waiting for this follow-up post, “Top 10 Annual Cutflowers I can’t Live Without”? Apologies for the delay, but here it is! As I mentioned in my previous post growing from seed and growing annuals are where you really get…

Gardening with Kids

Gardening with kids! OK let’s get one thing straight; I’m not about to paint you an idyllic picture of an aspiring ‘Little House On The Prairie’. What I am going to tell you is my honest approach to gardening with kids, or in my case gardening with a 10 year old that has ADHD. When…

My Gardening Faux Pas

I have never claimed to be a professional or experienced gardener, although I have been doing it for some years now I still regard myself as an amateur. I have my successes and  down right failures when it comes to growing, but I see gardening as a science and art. The conditions have a hell…