Three Simple Ways To Encourage Insects Into Your Garden

I've always thought that if I can entice insects and wildlife into my garden, then well... I'm doing something right; A nicely camouflaged thick-legged flower beetle on love-in-a-mist even if I don't always notice them, I'm doing something right. Hornet on Dahlia 'Twyning's After Eight' Of course, we all know that insect numbers are falling … Continue reading Three Simple Ways To Encourage Insects Into Your Garden

We Made A Garden, Part 2

Here's more on the house and garden we bought in 2005 (and - spoiler alert - left in 2010). Beware - Grumpy Terrier The front garden of the cottage was, as you can see, overgrown when we arrived and clearing the undergrowth was a major task. But hey, I didn't care. I had my first … Continue reading We Made A Garden, Part 2

We Made A Garden, Part 1

Here's the first part of a post about a house Jim and I bought in the summer of 2005. It's one of a (not very) regular series of posts about gardens and houses we've owned over the years. (Being so very historic, you'll need to excuse the quality of these pre-digital photos - or don't, … Continue reading We Made A Garden, Part 1

A Choice of Paths

Covid hasn't gifted us the best of years but, for me, it had one good outcome. It nudged me in a new direction. (It also sent darkness, doubt and isolated me from family and friends but hey, let's concentrate on a positive). Two and a half years ago, I was a full-time professional gardener in … Continue reading A Choice of Paths

Win ‘American Gardens’ By Monty Don and Derry Moore

Is it time for a book giveaway? I think so. 'American Gardens' by Monty Don and Derry Moore is published today, with an RRP of £35.00.  Here's your chance to win a copy courtesy of your quite friendly, neighbourhood Anxious Gardener. If you didn't watch the TV series, the press release explains all you need … Continue reading Win ‘American Gardens’ By Monty Don and Derry Moore

A Postcard from The Lake District

Once Upon a Time - in early May of last year - I spent a week in The Lake District with Jim and his parents. I started writing a post about our trip several months ago but grew increasingly distracted as Covid settled amongst us and my world shifted. Like you, I'm still pretty distracted … Continue reading A Postcard from The Lake District

Garden Answers Magazine

If I haven't written much for The Anxious Gardener recently, I have been writing other things.  And, back in September, I was invited to submit an article to Garden Answers. My offering was accepted, and it appears in the February edition. I can't reproduce the whole 'Garden View' piece, I'm afraid, but the magazine is … Continue reading Garden Answers Magazine