8 Ways to Reduce your Use of Plastic

I have been on a quest to reduce the amount of plastic I use and throw away. If anyone needs a reminder why, then may I invite you to watch this 2 minute clip from the recent BBC documentary Drowning in Plastic? I am sorry that this clip is distressing.  I hope that you are…

Miss Haversham’s Garden

I remember finding the image of Miss Haversham rather thrilling. Her abandon of social convention. Her total neglect of housework. Her cunning.

Clarity

Being outdoors, pottering in the garden, listening to the birds, noticing colours and textures and patterns, enjoying a cup of tea… These are all forms of self-care. They are nurturing for my soul. Self-care brings clarity. I am refreshed, and can see things more clearly.

Salvia Salvation

Sissinghurst in October is a gentle place. There is space for quiet contemplation and restoration of the spirits.

Dig Deep

There is nothing like a spot of digging to get a bit of frustration out of your system.  Heavy, rhythmic work is excellent at regulating your emotional state.  Work like digging or pushing a wheelbarrow help us to feel where we are in space,  ground ourselves, and feel calm and alert. For more on sensory…

The Eminent Em and Anne

This post is an homage to my No.1 favourite planting combination in my garden. It is also a celebration of strong women supporting one another, celebrating one another, and giving one another a leg up.

Will this post calm me down?

Understanding the basics of Sensory Integration can help us plan a garden that can have calming areas, to balance the alerting areas. There are also some tips for calming yourself in a stressful situation, using the principles of Sensory Integration.

Be still, Life

A simple meditation on the calm brought by gazing at a few cut flowers. Flower gazing brings peace, and wisdom, and enlightenment.

Do Dogs Feel Remorse?

Can a dog express remorse? Can a dog feel guilt? Read Ruby’s confession and help me decide whether to forgive her.

Mellow

The light in September is soft. Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ is like melting butter. The greens are sober: sage and jade. They provide the perfect foil for the fewer flowers in the rose garden.