Off The Edge Gardening

Rather like The Doctor and last night’s pasta, “On The Edge Gardening” has been reincarnated. For those who know me it was inevitable that I would eventually go “Off the Edge”.   Hopefully my journey into oblivion will not disappoint.  I am approaching these ramblings from a slightly different angle (darned sat nav) but will strive to include much in the way of plants, people and scandal from the shrubbery (although mainly other peoples’ this time).  Can I tempt you in with tales of gardens and gardeners, birds and beasties, with the odd glitter ball and occasional gymnastic move thrown in for good measure?  I do hope so ……

Old Dog. New Tricks

A woman grappling with serious who am I and what do I want to do with the rest of my life issues. You’d think I would know by now. After all I am fifty nine! But the great thing about getting older is the way it surprises you. By turning out to be nothing like you expected. So I don’t have all the answers. I don’t feel particularly grown up. I haven’t settled down and stopped wanting to do new things. And I’m always learning.

I am, however, a frustrated writer, with five novels under my belt that I can’t seem to get published. Luckily, in the gaps between writing, I’ve been getting up close and personal with my garden.

Old House in the Shires

I live in Wiltshire in the UK with my husband, 2 teenagers, 1 bonkers dog and 2 old cats. We live in an old house in a rural area so this is a blog about living in the country and the everyday things that happen to me in my life. I love wildlife, gardening, teaching, interiors, up cycling, eating out, reading, writing, travelling, hunting for antiques and growing my own veg……

Old Vicarage Gardeners

We’re the Old Vicarage Gardeners, and we’re updating (sensitively, we hope,) our rather Gothic 18th-century Somerset vicarage, and grappling with its overgrown and shrub-laden garden. We plan to bring it into the brighter and airier light of the 21st horticultural century.

Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments

Sometime in the 1980’s my husband suggested that we looked into taking on an allotment. We already had a vegetable patch in our garden but we wanted to grow more of everything – vegetables and flowers – and just didn’t have the space. At that time it was fairly easy to obtain an allotment quickly and we took on a plot on Green Lane as this was the nearest site to us with vacant plots. We set to work on the plot under the watchful eye of existing allotmenteers who were no doubt taking bets on how long we would last. The plot had been ploughed by the council which was a mixed blessing.

Out of My Shed

Hello there. Welcome to ‘out of my shed’. It’s a blog about gardening in London throughout the year, with a visit now and then to some fab gardens further afield.

The Outlaw Gardener

Why Outlaw Gardener? I like to break the rules of good taste, plant placement, and plant hardiness. Also, I have received periodic “love notes” from the city code enforcement officer telling me that my parking strip plants encroach on the city’s right-of-way. When expressing my distress over the latest such notice, I exclaimed to my pal Loree (Danger Garden) “I’m an outlaw gardener!” To which she replied,”That would be a good name for a blog.” My first gardens were in Southeast Alaska (zone 3.)I do miss the beauty and community of small-town Alaska but I don’t take for granted for a moment how wonderful it is to garden in zone 8.

Oxonian Gardener

These are but the ramblings of a very keen, amateur gardener based in Oxfordshire. Not much of a surprise I suppose, as the title gives that away somewhat.