Patterned Garden Inspiration

Recently while researching an article on patterned kitchen gardens I came across a book in a secondhand bookshop called ‘The Art of the Kitchen Garden, by Jan and Michael Gertley.’ A quick leaf through the pages told me that I had to buy it. The designs in it use vegetables and small annual flowers to […]

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The Orchard Is Here!

It doesn’t look like much but believe it or not it’s my whole orchard! The fruit trees that I ordered back in December arrived last week when the snow was deep and the temperatures were well below zero. I kept them cold and moist in the basement until today when the snow began to melt […]

Unexpected Snow!

We’ve had constant snow storms here for about three days. It really has been beautiful to watch. Snuggling under blankets and watching the snow swirl round, and the city grind to a halt. This is what my kitchen garden looks like. You can see how deep the snow is because the box bushes are almost […]

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Tulips Emerging

It’s been gently snowing here all day. Nothing is sticking but it’s freezing cold and the fountain is rock solid again. The heater in the greenhouse is clicking on and off in an attempt to keep the chill off some perennial flowers that I sowed. And the Calvolo Nero seeds that I sowed last week […]