How do you measure up?

Stephen and I have gardened here for four years, and for most of that time I have wondered if we should join our local horticultural society.  My mum is a member of her local group, and gets involved in all sorts of activities; they have head gardeners coming to talk to them, they visit specialist…

SNOW!!! IT’S SNOWING!!!

We were VERY excited to wake up to snow this morning.  School was cancelled and it looked like it was going to be difficult to get a car out.  These are a few pics from our walk down the lane.  It was so quiet!  The only sounds were the crump of snow as we walked,…

Orange, apricot and almond flapjack

As I eagerly expect some snow (please please please let there be enough for an igloo!) I thought I would have a little play in the kitchen. This recipe comes from one of the two wonderful Wendys in my life.  Food has emotional warmth and meaning attached to it, and I love collecting recipes from friends….

In a vase on Monday: Sunshine Daffs

Thank you to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting the meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’. This is my first time! I haven’t been very creative, I’m afraid, and these daffs aren’t even from the garden. They were from the supermarket, for a pound! How do they do that? Are the growers on…

Folly alert! The meadow experiment.

I am a very impulsive gardener. I do sit down and make lists and draw plans, but I also have mad moments of ‘inspiration’ as I’m emptying the washing machine, and have to rush to order seeds/plugs/bulbs right now. Stephen is more considered. If I have an idea which requires his cooperation (i.e. it is…

Six on Saturday (or ‘You can’t keep a good woman down’)

Look at me!  I’m a blogger!  And I’m joining in with a meme! So the meme is from The Propagator’s blog: thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com The idea is to share six things of interest from your garden or a garden, on Saturday.  Six on Saturday. This is my ‘Six on Saturday’ at Siss. Sissinghurst is my second favourite…

On harm, and vulnerability, and survival.

Someone I care deeply about has been harmed.  It has rocked my world, because the harm is deliberate.  The cover-up has been calculating.  There is no remorse. So I woke up this morning feeling battered and bruised.  I want to take away the pain, but I can’t.  I want to confront the people who should have…

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…

Crocus Bunny

Here’s a selection of the crocuses in my garden, and a few in egg-cups.  Egg-cups or espresso cups seem the only thing tiny enough for a crocus.  Whilst snowdrops have long enough stems for a little jar or a tea-cup, crocuses have very stumpy legs.  I even have to bung a bit of tin-foil in the bottom…