I can’t run, I can only grow!

  This is probably one of the strangest posts I’ve written yet. I’ve been pondering how to go about an update for some time – yet I also don’t fully understand where I am with everything. But life has a funny way of unfurling (I love that word). Let’s start at the beginning.  Most of…

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…

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…

Real Talk…..

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…

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…

Harrogate Flower Show Q&A

Spring has most definitely sprung and this year I am trading in my usual ‘Music Festivals’ for Gardening Shows…… And first on the agenda is The Harrogate Flower show, which I will be attending on it’s opening day this Thursday and I am super duper excited. I have never attended a gardening event before and…

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…