Ten Weeks to go! So little time, So much to do!

Ten weeks until NGS Open Gardens weekend at Weston and the list of jobs gets longer. Have you noticed that the more time you spend on the garden, the more there seems to do? Certainly, over the last four weeks I have spent a goodly amount of time on the list – Studio is painted; Trellis nearly all painted; lawns had their first cut of the year; roses pruned and fed; lots of shrubs moved around…. But many more jobs loom – the dreaded weeding and jet washing paths has become the ‘ironing pile’ of the garden, if you get my drift?! But I’m not complaining as the weather has been fairly kind, the plants are growing, birds are nesting and there are tadpoles in the pond a week earlier than last year – can I dare to predict we will have a nice Summer?

Today’s pictures are of my newly painted and positioned bird boxes and an insect hotel -the ‘duplex’ has a lower storey with entrance on the side, upper as you can see on the front and was hand-made by a friend’s father. This originally designed house has already attracted blue tits .  


‘Plant Zookeeper’ – a new name for gardener?

Good design should reflect the wishes, likes and dislikes of the garden owner – regardless of country or climate’ – RHS Encyclopaedia of Gardens – good advice and certainly one of the best books on my shelf for planning, building and planting ‘your perfect space’. This week, with 19 weeks until Open Gardens, I amContinue Reading

NGS Open Gardens – 20 Weeks until opening!

Yes, It is only January and it is very, very cold here in Warwickshire but I am already in gardening mode, having spent a full couple of days last week tidying up and pondering over what needs to be done between now and 10-11 June when I open my garden for the National Garden Scheme alongsideContinue Reading

Cullen Skink Soup anyone?

No. 4 Gallery  is close to St Abbs, a beautiful fishing village famous for its diving on the East Coast not far from my cottage. Lovely Gallery showing works from artists in this region and beyond and a nice lady owner who recommended The Old School House, St Abbs Village for a bite – oh, Yes! SheContinue Reading

Some special artists worthy of a mention today!

Enjoying comments from people following my blog and wanted to mention some other artists whose work you might enjoy.  Nicola Richards and I have shared Open Studios for a number of years. Her ceramics are very tactile, collectable pieces and her recently designed garden pots are original, frost-proof plant pots for the special people, placesContinue Reading