The mother of invention

Today my mum turns 70.  But she won’t be treated to afternoon tea at Eastwell Manor, because she’s trekking in India.  Yes, trekking, with a backpack, and sleeping in a tent, and having bucket showers. That’s not to say she won’t get afternoon tea when she gets back, but she might have to squeeze it…

My fingers are tingling with magic!

That title picture was just to put you off the scent.  It has nothing to do with this post, other than that was in front of me when the magic struck. I wasn’t even going to write a post today.  But then I read this blog post from ‘Sharpen your Spades’: Sowing Broad Beans – A great…

We’re on a break.

You meet.  Your eyes lock, you catch your breath a little as your heart skips a beat.  You look away, flustered.  You look back. Falling in love with a flower can be a heady experience.  And this is what happened with me and Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’.  I loved everything about it.  The frilly flamenco skirts…

The garden gang

Since the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, I have been completely obsessed by birds.  I’ve bought a birdbath, a feeding station, a nesting box, fat-balls, niger seeds, mealworms, sunflower seeds, peanuts and every sort of seed-mix going.  Every morning I put out a spread worthy of an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.  I get more excited by the…

Flowery Friday No 1: Crocuses

I’m still trying to work out the best way to schedule posts, but have come up with a plan.  Let me know what you think.  How about a longer post each on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and then quick bursts of floriferous loveliness on Monday and Friday?  The quickies will be to get you through…

The flower-grower’s veg

If you are a seasoned allotment-holder, look away now.  This selection will not feed a family of four.  If you, like me, dabble in veg for aesthetic purposes, for the colours and shapes and tastes, and the delight of popping a pod of peas into a waiting colander, then this post is for you. Since…

Flowers or chocolates?

This week marks the start of flower-buying season, with Valentine’s, followed by Mother’s Day. I find it difficult to decide which I love more in life, flowers or chocolate. Dark chocolate is my weakness.  Currently I am favouring Green & Black’s Maya Gold, but I’m open to suggestions. Stephen and I are sharing a Hotel…

Gazing out of the window

This is a good one for rainy days and winter months. Get a cup of tea, make yourself comfortable, and find a cosy spot in front of a window.  Just let your attention wander from thing to thing.  It might look dismal at first, but within a few seconds you will spot something of interest. …

Look at things from a new angle

Take a deckchair or rug and sit where you wouldn’t usually sit, really in and amongst your flower border. You might even lie down on the grass and look up into the border.  You will see things you’ve never noticed before.  If you take even just ten minutes to really observe what is going on,…

Take a walk around the garden

Early morning or evening are good times for a garden wander. It is important to go slowly, to stop and stare at points of interest.  Your eye is likely to lead you to whatever is new in the garden. It might be an opening bud that has coloured up or unfolded since yesterday. I love…

Flow

When I am gardening I experience “flow”: the complete contented absorption in a task or activity, where I lose track of time.  There is no distraction by the minutiae of what to cook for dinner or whether I remembered to put the washing on.  There is no worry over the things that are going on…

Making the most of the morning commute

I get to drive all over Kent for my job.  Given that much of Kent is pretty stunning, this is no bad thing.  There are sweeping views over fields and chalk downs, winding worm-holes through woodland, coastal roads looking out over the sea, and misty, magical marshes, which used to be under the sea. The other…