Last post here, but see you on Instagram

The last year has been a time of reflection. I have really worked on self-care strategies, and learnt to tune in to what is working and what is not working for me.

I have concluded that I love gardening, and I love writing, and I love taking photographs, but blogging is no longer feasible, with my other commitments.

I won’t be writing any more posts on this site, but I will be posting pictures and short thoughts on Instagram. That feels more achievable, and I am really looking forward to the growing season ahead.

This will include my adventures in growing food alongside flowers.

I have ambitions for beetroot, chard, leeks, kale and cabbages amongst the geraniums and roses. There will be roots and potatoes, pumpkins and courgettes in the raised beds. There will be raspberries and loganberries in the bright border. And there will be tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and basil in pots on the patio, strawberries and blackberries in hanging baskets.

For now I am bud-watching. Apricot is the first, but it will be followed by peach, plum, cherry, pear, apple and quince.

Apricot blossom buds

I would love to see you over on Instagram (you can find me by searching ‘Ali The Mindful Gardener’, or Alison Battye)

If Instagram is not your thing, I would like to thank you for your support over the last 3 years of blogging. I have really enjoyed taking and sharing photos, and writing about what I love. I have been inspired by other bloggers, and one or two are now firm friends.

I will leave this site up for as long as I get regular views, so do feel free to explore past posts. There are categories including ‘rose garden’, ‘bright border’ and ‘cutting patch’ if you have an interest in these areas. There’s a search bar if you ever want to find specific plants or varieties. You will find lots of different roses, dahlias, tulips, peonies, geraniums, and other spring bulbs, perennials and annuals.

Apricot blossom bursting

I wish you all the very best in your gardening adventures. It is the best thing you can do for your self-care, with benefits for mind and body. If you need convincing, then explore the ‘Little Pops of Wonder’ category from the main menu!

As some of you know, my day-time job is a speech and language therapist. I have just finished writing a book entitled ‘Self-Care for Allied Health Professionals’, which will be published by Routledge later in the year. In my book and in this blog, have written about tuning in, connecting with the world around us and finding flow, purpose and meaning. I view this site as being a complete work, just as my book is, and I hope that you will continue to enjoy it.


43 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    Already followed on Insta… 😉
    Good luck there

    1. Thanks Fred! I have really enjoyed our cross-channel garden similarities!

  2. Emma Cownie says:

    Sorry to see you leave blogging and yes I already follow you on Instagram too.

    1. Thank you Emma. Your paintings are a constant joy on Instagram.

  3. Freya says:

    Thanks Ali. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts. I might join Instagram and your photos and thoughts would certainly be a good reason to do this!

    1. Thank you Freya; you have been such a supportive reader. I look forward to interacting on Instagram.

  4. Wendy says:

    I will miss your blogs but look forward to seeing your photos and comments on Instagram. Take care and hope to catch up soon xx😊

    1. Oh yes! Let’s do coffee as soon as we can!

  5. Ann Mackay says:

    Found and followed you on Instagram – your page there looks lovely. It will be interesting to follow your food-growing adventures. It’s something I want to do more of, along with developing the garden more for wildlife. Good luck with it all! 🙂

    1. That’s great, Ann. Thank you for all your comments on this blog, and I look forward to chatting on Instagram.

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  6. Lawson Macdonald says:

    Sorry to see you go; I’ve enjoyed your blog over the years.

    1. Thanks Lawson, I am glad you have enjoyed it. I wish you all the very best in your gardening adventures.

  7. Heyjude says:

    Sorry to see you go. I have loved your beautiful photography and your insightful posts and missed them this past year, but you are young and busy with work and home and family so I understand how little spare time you have. I don’t use any social media platforms other than my blogs, but I wish you all the best for the future and I hope you leave this blog for future reference for me and others.
    Jude xx

    1. Thank you Jude. I will keep looking in on your blogs to see how you are doing. Your interaction has been a joy. It is so nice to write for fellow gardeners and share experiments and thoughts.

  8. Good luck. I don’t do Instagram at the moment but you never know.

    1. Thank you Jackie. I would love to see you over there. Thank you for all your support and interest.

  9. I have enjoyed your beautiful posts and photography over the years and will look forward to seeing you on Instagram. I just followed you there (I’m @northeasterngardening) and will look forward to more beautiful views!. As always, happy gardening!

    1. Ah, fab. I will see you over there. I am really looking forward to taking photos as spring springs.

  10. bcparkison says:

    I will follow but for some reason I just have trouble with Instagram. I’m there too but like I said I just haven’t learned how to use. it.

    1. Thank you Beverly; it does take a bit of getting used to, switching platforms. I now find Instagram the easiest, and am very rusty on Word Press.

  11. sgeoil says:

    Always enjoyed your posts.

    1. And I have always enjoyed your comments. Thank you.

  12. Angela says:

    I’ll miss your posts here but will surely follow your posts on Instagram. You’ve given me great pleasure, for which I thank you wholeheartedly.

    1. Thank you so much Angela. My gratitude is heartfelt too.

  13. I will miss your posts here but will try to remember to follow you when I next dip into Instagram – have yet to really embrace Instagram but will get there in time! Keep gardening!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth. There is a place for both, isn’t there? At the moment Instagram feels like the more accessible platform for me, but I have had a lot of pleasure from writing longer posts here.

  14. Ah, I will miss reading your posts but will follow on Instagram! Thanks, Ali! Enjoy your garden this year! ~ Carol ~

    1. Thank you Carol. I was thinking of you the other day when I watched a piece on school gardening. I am also planting a cherry plum this week, so am expanding our ‘orchard’!

      1. You are welcome! I have and will continue to greatly miss your beautifully written posts about your gardens, Ali. Thanks for thinking of me! I hope your new fruit tree grants you a bountiful harvest! Take Care!

  15. Take care Ali I have always enjoyed your posts! See you on Instagram!

    1. Likewise; I will look forward to seeing you on Instagram!

  16. Aw, shucks, Ali. I’ll miss you, especially as I don’t have Instagram. Your WordPress posts have always been a delight. Blessings!

    1. And blessings to you! Thank you for your rose love; I hope you continue to grow them with joy.

  17. Anna says:

    Oh so sorry to see you cease blogging Ali but can thoroughly understand your reasons for doing so. After all there is only so much you can fit in comfortably into your time without it becoming onerous. Will certainly follow you on Instagram where so far I look and learn rather than post. When I fathom out what to do I’m sure I will post too.

    1. Thanks Anna, I look forward to seeing you over there. X

  18. Cathy says:

    I will be sorry to see you go, but I like the way you feel your blog is a complete entity in itself – and as such please do keep it out there as it is a useful resource in itself, and I myself have looked back on some of your rose posts a number of times. It has been a pleasure sharing your train of thought and I wish you joy and contentment in the future. I don’t ‘do’ Instagram but have sometimes wondered about dipping in to have a look, although I have more than enough to keep me occupied as it is!

    1. That is such a lovely message to receive, Cathy, I really appreciate it. I will keep it out there. Thank you for your wonderful support and fellowship. Your hellebores that you sent me a couple of years ago are flowering beautifully, and I think of you each time I see them. A wonderful thing about sharing plants! Sending much love to you.

  19. croftgarden says:

    I will miss you. Forgive me for not following you to your new destination, but I can hardly keep up with my gardening friends on the WP platform.

    1. That is a very good approach, and one that has led to my decision. I can only keep up with one social media platform. Thank you so much for your posts and for your support of mine. I have got so much from this community and am really grateful to know there are likeminded people out there. Much love to you.

  20. Jane says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog this week which is utterly stunning and I’m sad to hear you have brought it to an end, I hope you are able to keep it up for a little long to allow time to properly explore it, but I will also take a look at your Instagram pages. Thank you.

    1. Thank for your comment, Jane. Having received feedback, I will leave this site up here. See you also on Instagram.

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