The Maker’s Workshop

The Maker’s Workshop

It’s a year or so now since Ryan and I looked at the garden and decided it wasn’t really working for us. We were standing in what we called the Sunset Strip, a weird additional patch of garden that faces west. It was fenced off from the main garden and could only be...
Bye bye, lavender shed

Bye bye, lavender shed

On the morning of Saturday 4th May, in a stiff breeze, we dismantled lavender shed. The last photo of lavender shed This has been on the cards since we had the new fencing done. The extra area we fenced in was behind lavender shed. That’s where Ryan’s new...
Fenced in

Fenced in

Ryan and I have been planning some major changes to the garden for about a year now, and this week they finally got underway when we had the fence replaced. On Monday it looked like this: Back garden with old fence Front garden with old fence and gate to back garden...
Recycling the garden

Recycling the garden

I was out in the potting shed yesterday morning and sowed the first seeds of my 2019 gardening season – sweet peppers, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli and some salads. They’ll all be inside for the next few weeks, as although the weather is unseasonably...
Botanical Brain Balms

Botanical Brain Balms

Over the summer I was reading Botanical Brain Balms, a book by Nicolette Perry and Elaine Perry on ‘medicinal plants for memory, mood and mind’. It brings together a wealth of information on plants that can help us sleep or stay calm, ease our pain,...
British Asian Gardens

British Asian Gardens

I don’t generally watch Gardeners’ World these days, but two weeks ago they broadcast a special edition (episode 20 in this year’s series) as part of the BBC’s Big British Asian Summer, exploring South Asian influences on British gardens. Monty...