Smells Like Holiday

The patio is a lot of work, it’s a lot of maintenance, lifting, moving and arranging of pots, preparation, cleaning, monitoring, watering, mulching, feeding, de-pesting, planting, soil-mixing. It’s one of […]

Decanting the Compost Heap

I always thought we had the compost heap for years and years. Turns out – after hunting through old photos – that it was made around this time only three […]

Fences and Pathfinding

A few weeks ago we last left off with the penultimate border edged with some stone work, a new path laid and just waiting on the compost heap to be […]

Picture Snaps 2

I ducked out between rain showers recently to grab some pictures of the garden as it races and grows out of control before my eyes. We first start with the […]

Between a Path and a Rock Wall

The first rockery wall I built on the corner border had me single-handedly hauling the sizeable stone pieces from next-door’s garden across to mine (they wanted rid of it so […]

Picture Snaps

It’s another one of those “elsewhere in the garden” posts, with pictures and excerpts to explain them. We start off with a mix of cheery self-seeded lobelia in one of […]


In the last few weeks, several milestones in the garden were passed. They have been years in the making, inter-linked with various dependencies that slowly unraveled like a ball of […]

Hedging Bets

The back garden is roughly a long rectangle in shape. The two long sides are framed with hedges, rhododendron ponticum for one and beech for the other. We’ll gloss over […]

Making an Entrance

I spend most of my time, money and effort on the back garden, it is the largest part while most of the front is a gravel drive. There are small […]