At Last, The Priory

So that's that then. The end. Ten years after starting work at The Priory - almost to the day - I'm leaving. I've spent about a fifth of my life here: a sobering realisation as I hurtle through time with no brakes. If this summer has been too fiercely hot and dry for Sussex gardening, … Continue reading At Last, The Priory

Fritillaria Meleagris – The Snake’s Head Fritillary

A couple of weeks ago, after months of squelch, The Priory meadow was dry enough to support the weight of the Etesia ride-on mower ... as well as my added bulk sitting on top.  Had I tried to use it before the ground was firm, the Etesia would have carved up the grass like a … Continue reading Fritillaria Meleagris – The Snake’s Head Fritillary

Anemone nemorosa

April brings wood anemones to The Priory and about time too. Of all the wildflowers that were already here when I arrived, the gradual increase of anemones over the past ten years has given the best reward. They have burgeoned in number using that simple - if obscure - technique of not strimming and mowing … Continue reading Anemone nemorosa

My Old Wheelbarrow

I am ridiculously fond of some inanimate objects.  Too fond probably.  Long association with a non-sentient - some may say soulless - thing can forge an intimate bond and I am sometimes stupidly upset by its loss. Affection for my childhood collection of Biggles books needs no explanation - obviously - but take The Priory's … Continue reading My Old Wheelbarrow

Waiting For Snow

It has been a terribly long wait since The Priory had snow enough to show and tell: a five-year wait.  The Beast from the East didn't bring huge amounts of snow to my corner of Sussex; but if we were spared the havoc meted out to parts of the Kingdom, we had sufficient for me … Continue reading Waiting For Snow

Win Tickets to the Ascot Spring Garden Show 2018

It's about time I offered a give-away, I think.  So, in a bizarre coincidence, here is one. April will see the launch of the brand new Ascot Spring Garden Show.  Aimed at keen gardeners and plants people, Ascot will be an annual horticultural event held at the famous racecourse, in association with The Savill Garden … Continue reading Win Tickets to the Ascot Spring Garden Show 2018

Gardening Mistakes, Foolishness And Falling Over

The path of every gardener is strewn with mistake cowpats and beset by not-knowing-any-better-trip-wires.  Or at least mine is.  Here's a handful which I've 'enjoyed' over the years. Rushing about during a chaotic house move, I grabbed an old bucket of water to pour on a much-loved and very thirsty, container-grown bamboo.  It was only … Continue reading Gardening Mistakes, Foolishness And Falling Over