April 2020 has been a full month of pandemic lockdown in the UK. The garden has been a genuine haven during this time – a place to relax, play with our little boy, and dry the seemingly endless laundry! At odds with April’s reputation for showers and unpredictable weather, it’s been almost wall-to-wall sunshine which has been a blessing, and such a contrast with the endless rain of February. I had always aimed to focus on the details of the garden with this project, but lockdown has brought a greater intensity, and I have used this as a thinly veiled excuse to buy a new macro lens for my camera. Some early attempts at using it are included but expect more from that as the year progresses.Continue reading
When I decided to embark on this project to post 20 photos of our garden each month during 2020, I’d thought it would be a nice way to practice my photography and appreciate the little details over the course of the seasons. Now that we are at the end of March and, like many countries, the UK is in lockdown following the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, it seems to have taken on a whole new meaning. It’s likely that this little green space at the back of our house is going play a very large part in our lives for the next few weeks, or even months, and I’ve honestly never been so grateful to have a garden or be a gardener.Continue reading
Gardening magazines and programmes often depict gardening in expansive country settings where all manner of styles and features can be accommodated. However for many people living in towns and cities outdoor space is at a premium, sometimes awkwardly shaped, and often enclosed with extremes of sun or shade. Much as I love visiting and reading about beautiful gardens in impressive estates, there is something fascinating about the challenge of accommodating greenery in much more limited spaces. This blog focusses on ways to make the most of small outdoor spaces. Continue reading
We have had an allotment for the past 5 years. As well as enjoying the fruits of our labour in terms of the produce we have grown, I have also been an active member of the allotment colony’s association committee which has provided some insight into the issues associated with managing an allotment site. This blog is a reflection on the role of allotments in modern life and why, in my view, they continue to be an important feature of our national culture in the UK.
For many people gardening in small urban spaces, containers will almost certainly form a key part of their planting space, and may be the only option if there is no open ground available. In my own garden I have two small beds either side of a paved area but I have always supplemented these with the use of containers to provide an opportunity for temporary planting including edibles and seasonal displays. This blog post is focussed on some recent Autumn planting I have undertaken in my own garden. Continue reading