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About me

30 years ago, when we moved to North Herts, I immediately started making changes to the garden. Our best project was to build a trellis pergola over decking outside the back door: perfect for sitting reading the paper with a coffee, and for eating supper outside. A few years ago I fulfilled a long-held ambition and completed a City & Guilds course in Garden Design at Shuttleworth College - it was challenging but SO interesting. So now I'm occasionally asked for advice on "tweaking" others' gardens. Ten years ago I started a gardening group: we have 30 members viewing each other's gardens each week and exchanging tips and spare plants at coffee time; we visit public gardens too. I'd rather be out of doors than in, but love reading, either by the fire or - preferably - in the garden. I have been seen reading in the greenhouse! I enjoy walking and swimming (when the outdoor pool is open); and am a member of the local croquet club. My gardening is a bit haphazard, but I love choosing colours that go together, taking cuttings and growing plants from seed (not very successfully). I don't think I'll ever stop making plans for more planting.

Moved to a smaller house and garden in September 2017 - much easier to manage and we love it๐Ÿ™‚.

Latest photos

  • Viburnum 'Kilimanjaro'
  • The view from my chair in the greenhouse
  • For Paul (Bathgate)
  • For Janey, Acer Ukigumo

Latest blogs

View down the garden from my granny chair

Posted on 26 May, 2020 30 comments

Hesperis Matronalis (Sweet Rocket)

Posted on 15 May, 2020 27 comments

Sunshine blog on 2 May

Posted on 2 May, 2020 30 comments

Latest questions

Sweet rocket

Asked on 2 Jun, 2020 4 replies

Trying not to use too much compost

Asked on 5 May, 2020 5 replies

Salvia Amistad - two in the cool greenhouse

Asked on 9 Apr, 2020 9 replies

What else

Joined in Oct 2008

Country: United Kingdom

County: Hertfordshire