A New Year…

Here we go then – another year. I like it when Christmas arrives, but I’m always glad to see the back of it, too. I’m writing this post on a cold, clear day. The sun is low, incredibly bright, and the wind is biting cold. It’s past midday, but a silver covering of frost still […]


A new addition to the garden… No self-respecting tropical plant enthusiast can get by without some form of winter protection for their prized specimens (and I’ve been politely informed by my wife that the orangery is off limits for overwintering). That’s its main purpose for me, really – a winter retreat for my tender tropicals. […]


It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been busy at work, and in the garden. Life, as they say, gets in the way. It feels like a lifetime since visiting Madeira. What a wonderful place. You must go. No, really – just get on with it and book a holiday. My words and […]

Lessons Learned

As autumn arrives, it feels like a good time to reflect on the year. It’s far from over, of course, but there’s a change in the air. Summer – if you could call that a summer – certainly feels like it’s over, and autumn is on the way. Too much red and purple It all […]


I’ve returned recently from a very British August summer holiday in Scarborough with the family. Soggy fish and chips, seaside rides and variable weather – glorious! A trip to Sewerby Park on one of the better days, however, provided some welcome surprises. My family history is inextricably linked with Sewerby Park. A number of my […]


Heavy rain for the first time in weeks last night. Proper waterbutt-filling, sleep-depriving rain. Long overdue. After waking early – thank you, wood pigeons – I make a cup of tea and go out to do the rounds. Huge brown and black slugs navigate across the lawn. A blackbird picks them off before I can […]

High Summer

It’s high summer – for some, the peak of the growing season. My garden, on the other hand, is still some way off the summit. That’s not to say there aren’t things to enjoy – there are ALWAYS things to enjoy – but the supposed dog days of August are when things really start to […]

Coming Home

Feeling low after the football result last night. Yes, it’s only a game, but it still hurts. I spent some time in the garden this morning – pottering about, pulling a few weeds, taking some photos. My head felt clearer, my mood lifted. The garden is a tonic. And besides, only 524 days until we […]


How’s it going? Well, I’d call it a mixed bag. Understandable, I suppose, given the bizarre weather earlier in the year. The hostas have romped away, with the exception of Empress Wu – she’s been a bit of a flop (probably in a large part due to the bombardment by the slugs and snails). After […]

Harlow Carr Flower Show

A thoroughly enjoyable trip to the Harlow Carr Flower Show last Friday. The stalls were fine – a mixture of plants, pots and ornaments for sale – but the real attraction was the gardens, which were looking glorious. I was particularly taken by the stream-side planting. Isn’t it brilliant? The main borders were wonderful, and […]


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