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...
First pick your blueberries

First pick your blueberries

Just about the entire northern hemisphere is in the grip of a prolonged heatwave, with wildfires raging and people dying. There’s disagreement on how much climate change is to blame, but a consensus that damaging heatwaves will become more frequent, and we...
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...
The grass beneath our feet

The grass beneath our feet

The English obsession with grass came into being in the 17th century, when the close cut lawn was a status symbol of the rich. Only they could afford to take land out of production for purely aesthetic purposes, and maintaining a lawn before the invention of the mower...