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The Temperate Gardener

Primarily this blog is about recording what I do in my own garden to keep it colourful, interesting and in turn attractive and enjoyable throughout the year. It is my refuge and experimental ground for plant association ideas which I often copy or adapt into my clients gardens.

I enjoy many successes and continue to learn and improve from my failures (before I copy them into my client’s gardens). I hope to inspire and guide other gardeners round avoidable stumbling blocks, wanting to experience the satisfaction of creating their own perfected personal slice of paradise on their doorstep, be it a window box, balcony or larger garden.


Thinking Outside the Boxwood

I knew I’d be a landscape designer when I was just a kid.
Growing up in Ohio and Iowa, I got to see my dad and uncles working in agriculture, and I was determined to make my own path.

I started this blog to share my inspiration and knowledge to gardeners everywhere.

I hope by providing guidance, tips and how-do basics, readers will find ways to make their outdoor living spaces feel even more like home.


thinkinGardens!

thinkinGardens seeks to explore:
● The contemporary aesthetics of gardens
● Gardens as they relate to other arts, and garden makers as they relate to other artists
● The value of gardens to non-gardeners
● The importance of gardens to society
● The relationships between gardens and contemporary philosophy including scientific philosophy

Tikorangi: The Jury Garden

Tikorangi is one of the few inter-generational, private gardens in New Zealand that has been intensively gardened through the decades. Conceived in the English landscape style of the first half of the twentieth century, it is an ongoing project – a  domestic garden that continues to change and develop. While the design has a debt to English gardening, the plant material spans the world, with particular emphasis on the sub tropics to warm temperate climes.
(Ed: And being in New Zealand, our winter is their summer. Dream on!)

The Transatlantic Gardener

This blog is about…
Transatlantic views on garden plants, native plants, invasive plants, books about plants… Plus comment on wildlife, catalog(ue)s, the smartness and the absurdity of plant names, the transatlantic life, fishing, music and more… From Northamptonshire (zone 8) in England and the much icier Pennsylvania (zone 5) in the USA.

Tweed Street Gardener

I’ve been growing my own fruit and veg since 2012, and took on my current allotment in March 2015. With help (sometimes willing, sometimes begrudging) from my partner Melissa, we cleared what was a typically weedy plot and constructed raised beds with bark-chip paths in between.

We have always gardened organically, and have adopted a ‘no-dig’ approach by spreading a layer of compost annually which keeps down the weeds, helps retain moisture and encourages soil life to thrive (and thus, by extension, our plants). This blog is partly an attempt to channel some of my boundless enthusiasm for gardening into something that other like-minded gardeners might enjoy, and partly an attempt at giving long suffering Melissa a break from endless chats about soil, seedlings and pruning.


The Two Fingered Gardener

[Editor’s note: I could not find any “about” text on this blog to describe it. If you are the blog owner and would like to add something here, please use the “get in touch” link above to let me have some text.]

Two Thirsty Gardeners

Rich and Nick began making their own cider in 2008, pilfering apples from anyone with a tree and brewing them in Rich’s garden shed. Four years later they acquired a neglected, overgrown allotment plot strewn with litter and without a patch of bare earth in sight. The first thing to get planted was an apple tree…
This website chronicles their battles with voracious slugs, destructive weeds and unexplained yeast infections as they attempt to produce a fresh vegetable harvest and turn some of the fruits of their labour into alcohol.