Love in a mist

Nigella damascena One of my favourite flowers, but one that I have yet to grow, is Nigella damascena, commonly known as “Love-in-a-mist”. It has delicately beautiful flowers, held high on ferny foliage, followed by stately seed heads. I believe it...

A field of dreams

In my last post I was talking about some of my favourite plants from yesteryear. Since then I have developed a soft spot for Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum), which can be grown legally here in the UK. In fact, this impressive view is a field of poppies being grown...
Time for tea and snickerdoodles

Time for tea and snickerdoodles

It’s a couple of days until the next stop on my virtual book tour, so it’s time to take off the pith helmet and put my feet up with a cup of tea and a biscuit. In my Smashwords author interview I respond to a question I was asked about my favourite biscuit...
How to grow your own thong

How to grow your own thong

I made this! Thanks to Chuck Olsen on Twitter for his ominous clouds. A few weeks ago I received a press release from Waitrose about their new Alan Titchmarsh gardening range. It’s a fairly routine set of offerings, all nicely packaged up. The one that caught my...
Cutting the Mustard

Cutting the Mustard

We know that mustard has been a common ingredient in European food since the late 14th century. Prior to that we know that it was used medicinally, with its benefits mentioned by both Pliny and Pythagoras, and we think the Romans are responsible for spreading white...