My garden photography

My garden photography

Before I got a garden and a gardening blog, I wasn’t really in to photography. I used to have a compact (point-and-shoot) camera for holidays, and the earliest photos of my gardening efforts are just snapshots. The photos got a bit better over time, mostly because I...
Adopt a Hampton Court plant

Adopt a Hampton Court plant

One of the complaints levelled at the big garden shows is that they create a lot of waste. Gardeners particularly don’t like the idea of perfectly good plants being treated as disposable, and ending up in a skip at the end of the show. It’s something many of the shows...
The elephant (hawk moth) in the garden

The elephant (hawk moth) in the garden

I wilt faster than my plants in the heat, so I haven’t been spending much time in the garden during this heatwave. Most nights we get the hosepipe out and water, to stop plants shrivelling from drought. We haven’t had any significant rain in weeks, and there’s none...
Good Moos

Good Moos

I have some lovely new business cards to promote my secret seed club. It’s a deliberately understated and somewhat enigmatic design, with a little steampunk edge. I ordered them from Moo.com*. I have used them for all of my business cards over the years, because the...
The Lotus Effect

The Lotus Effect

The lotus is a remarkable plant. I’m referring to Nelumbo nucifera, which is native to Asia and sacred to both buddhists and Hindus. (It’s related to the American lotus, N. lutea, but not to the lotus that appears in ancient Egyptian images – that’s Nymphaea lotus....
Back to my roots

Back to my roots

After a week trapped inside by work, on Saturday morning I happily pottered around the garden for several hours. I started in the front garden, cutting back the comfrey and stuffing it into buckets to make liquid feed, since the flowers have faded to the point where...

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