New Blogs – January 2018

Happy New Year! The fact that I’m posting this list of additions to the blog list here, bringing the total to 260 now, on January 1st doesn’t mean that I didn’t celebrate the turn of the year last night. It’s thanks to the miracles of scheduling. In fact you may just be reading this as I’m slowly lifting the ice-pack of my forehead. Still, here we go with another collection of blogs for your delectation and delight.

As usual, these additions are already in the alphabetical lists. The images are the hotspots. Click on one to jump to the blog.

Tidy the Garden

The scent of the flowers, the green meadows, the fruits of labor, all these things made me appreciate gardening. Just like you, I love the soil and anything that is associated with it. Gardening was a passion that began when I started my own family five years ago. Although my wife and I didn’t have any gardening background but we loved the idea of growing our organic food.

This blog is dedicated to providing you the essentials of gardening that my wife and I have gained over the years. Everything from our best gardening tools to effective steps on how to protect the garden and so much more. Even though I am busy at work, I can still feel the land calling me which is why I wanted to encourage others to pursue their passion for gardening.​


Home Grown Heaven

Who am I?

I am firstly a wife of a fantastically patient husband who sometimes entertains but always tolerates my more harebrained schemes. He is my partner in crime and has more than his fair share of harebrained ideas as well, truth be told.

Some days I am a young(ish) energetic mother of one and other days I groan and creak as I get out of chairs or up from a flower bed.

I am a dreamer who longs for a little patch of ground that will produce food for our table and maybe even surplus for our larder. I haven’t the foggiest notion how exactly I’ll do that and have made many mistakes up to now and, let’s be realistic, plan on making many more.

This blog will hopefully keep me focused on the straight and narrow as I try to turn my two thirds of an acre into a smallholding and in the process leave a smaller footprint on this good earth. I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear from you – any tips, suggestions or comments will all be gratefully received.


Dig Delve

Dig Delve is an online magazine focussed on the writing of garden and landscape designer Dan Pearson, edited by and with contributions from his partner, Huw.

We will primarily feature stories about gardens, horticulture, plants, landscape, nature, food growing and eating, but will also be looking at inspirational growers, producers, farmers, makers, cooks, florists, artists and craftspeople – anyone with talent, integrity and a fundamental connection to the natural world. There will be four seasonal issues a year, with stories being added every week.


Green Fingered George

Hi, my name’s George and I absolutely love gardening and wildlife. I mainly garden at home helping my Dad, but I also help out at local community gardens. In 2014, when I was 8 (I’m now 12) I won the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year.

It was a fantastic year. I met The Queen, went on The One Show and gave out an award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show .

In October 2015 I was announced as the first ever RHS Young Ambassador; my job is to inspire other children to share my passion for gardening and the natural world. Since then I have spoken at the Houses of Parliament about young people in horticulture, made several appearances on CBBC’s Blue Peter and Newsround, been a junior journalist at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower for First News and more recently watched the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show build, which was filmed for Gardeners’ World.


Perfect Pelargoniums

My interests are my family, growing and collecting pelargoniums, gardening, photography, cooking, reading, and singing in a choir.

Although I am retired now, my last job having been as a secretary at a nursing home for nearly 20 years, I am at present membership secretary of The Pelargonium & Geranium Society, and Show Secretary of The Shamley Green Gardening Club. I have been a member of Farnborough Fuchsia & Geranium Society for about twelve years.


Peonies and Posies

I am Julie King, author of Peonies & Posies and self taught gardener, artisan florist and amateur photographer. All the images that you will see here have been taken by me either on my Canon 500D or on my iPhone and almost all the flowers are homegrown.

I am also a wife and mother to three as well as the proud owner of 2 dogs, a cat, 2 rabbits and 6 Buff Orpington hens. In my few free moments I am trying to learn to play the piano and always like to have a good book on the go.

Peonies & Posies is my special place where I can share in words and images the seasonal life of my romantic English garden. I am very lucky to live in an old victorian rectory with a large garden that is partly walled and partly enclosed with a beautiful seasonal hedgerow. The garden is filled with old, large trees, dreamy seasonal blossom, lots of fruit and my favourite roses, peonies, delphiniums, lilac and lavender.


Planting Diaries

I re-trained in gardening/planting design a few years ago and as part of that process, I volunteered at the Geffyre Museum in East London. Whilst researching the origins and uses of plants grown in the herb garden I realised that many important historical texts related to gardening and horticulture are now available online. The aim of my blog is to share my enthusiasm for the treasures of the digital library and encourage others to seek inspiration in these books for themselves.

Country Garden UK

Thanks very much for popping by. I’m so happy you are here! Hello I’m Gillian. Welcome to Country Garden UK.

I believe that everyone can have a beautiful garden buzzing with wildlife. I’d love to show you how to grow the most gorgeous flowers to create the garden of your dreams. Whether you want a cottage garden, a wildflower meadow or a cutting patch. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up all of your time.

There’s lots that can be done in just twenty minutes and the results are simply amazing. In just 12 weeks you can have a beautiful patch of flowers to admire and what’s more you can impress your friends and neighbours with them too.


Toronto Gardens

Helen’s the big sister; Sarah’s the little sister. For most of our children’s lives, our families have lived two doors from each other on a tree-lined street in east Toronto (Canadian Zone 6; USDA Zone 5).

Trying to grow things under Norway maples on land that was once the sandy, sandy shore of ancient Lake Iroquois, we have an intimate knowledge of what it means to fail and succeed in dry shade.

Sarah is a graphic designer who teaches her craft at a community college. Helen is a freelance copywriter, a volunteer with the Toronto Master Gardeners, and founding member of a local powerwalking club.


May Dreams Gardens

I love to garden and I love most everything about gardening… good soil, plants, flowers, books, tools, and other gardeners. I consider myself a Gardenangelist, an evangelist for gardening who loves gardening and wants others to love it, too.

I’ve been gardening in some capacity my whole life, starting as a toddler following behind my Dad as he planted peas every spring. I wore out the gardening books at my local library by checking them out over and over again. And there still might be a soup spoon or two—my childhood digging tool of choice—buried in the backyard.

Boiler up! I am a graduate of the Purdue University School of Agriculure with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture Production.


Till next time, enjoy your garden.

John