Gardening in the time of Corona

Being at home may sound pretty great in the general run of things. Working in your jogging bottoms, watching the TV, not having to worry about having to style your hair ( unless it is for a Teams video meeting), or eating like nobody is watching.  It does get pretty tiresome though doesn’t it. “What …

My Heritage Houseplants

If you hadn’t noticed houseplants are big with a capital B at the moment. You, well me at least, cannot do an idle scroll through Instagram or Twitter without getting hit full in the face by a gratuitous photo of a Peperomia, Rebutia or Monstera looking gorgeous. I have always loved a houseplant, but there …

I ❤ Magnolias

Spring is definitely springing and to accompany the rising tide of blooms from ornamental cherries, Japanese apricots and Sloe comes sweeping into the stage; the Magnolia. While former have flowers that are transient Magnolia flowers are sturdy and substantial.  Where I live, there must have been, at some point in the past a craze for …

Compost: Brown Gold

Oh, dear another blog post from someone banging on about the wonders of composting. Compost and composting might not be glamorous but it is vital, and there is nothing better than holding some lovely crumbly compost in your bare hands. Compost handling is a strictly no glove activity. I find composting quite addictive. I put …

On Your Marks

It's early February and the days are slowly drawing out as spring approaches. In the garden the Snowdrops, Cyclamen coum and Crocus are in flower showing that winter is behind us, although not far behind as I am reminded when the wind blows in from the east. Now is the time that I begin to …