Time for change

It is almost time to let go. To accept that summer is gone. This is a post about taking what is good, and looking ahead. There is so much to do.

Bridget in her Bravery

I need to share one of my absolute favourite plants, Lychnis coronaria.  Its common names include ‘Dusty Miller’, ‘Rose Campion’ and, the one I only learnt recently, ‘Bridget in her Bravery’. This suits this plucky little character, who enlivens the June and July garden with magenta sprays of flowers. I discovered this plant through my mum. …

Bridging the Gap with Biennials

I have extended my cutting patch this year, adding two new raised beds.  I got a little bit overexcited by my new space and went on a spending spree with the marvellous Chiltern Seeds (whose catalogue of pure flower porn inspired a whole post of its own, Flowergasm!) You might have thought that two varieties each of…

Contentment vs. happiness

My daughters are at an age when there are lots of comparisons.  Clothes, make-up, phones, grades, ‘likes’… Acquiring such things can bring happiness.  But does it bring contentment? Happiness is a short burst, and generally comes from something external.  Someone praises your work.  You get 300 followers on social media.  You click ‘buy’ on your…

My fingers are tingling with magic!

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 crop for beginners. and the photos of the fingers in the compost made me need my greenhouse, and the compost and the seed-trays right now. So off I dashed, with my…