Greyer Hair, Whiter Finger

One good thing about growing older is ..... nope, I'm struggling.  One thing about growing older is that the physical graft of professional, full-time gardening becomes harder.  An obvious insight but one I mention nevertheless as it has become increasingly noticeable during my working day.  My back aches more than it used to, my joints … Continue reading Greyer Hair, Whiter Finger

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Priory Trees: The Tulip Tree

For a short while, it is the garden's signature tree.  For most of the year it holds either naked branches against sky; or else a wrap of unremarkable green - like so many other large trees at The Priory.  It isn't quite the biggest tree and it isn't quite my favourite.  But for a few … Continue reading Priory Trees: The Tulip Tree

Reblogging The Pale Tussock Moth

I've never reblogged a post before, never thought much about doing so ... until I read the free and very useful WordPress e-book, Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog, and decided to follow one of its many tips on all things blogging.  After all, many of you won't have read my stuff from several years … Continue reading Reblogging The Pale Tussock Moth

Win A Copy Of ‘Down To Earth’ By Monty Don

On Saturday, I attended a pre-publication lunch held to promote Monty Don's new book, 'Down to Earth'.  I don't often accept the various invitations I receive through the blog but this sounded marvellous ... and with free food and drink too. Despite considerable effort spent making myself sort-of-presentable, I still felt out-of-place at the very … Continue reading Win A Copy Of ‘Down To Earth’ By Monty Don

The Sparrowhawk

Jim picked me up from work at The Old Forge yesterday and, as I loaded my tools into the car, told me that he'd almost driven over a sparrowhawk crouched on the lane leading up to the house.  Luckily, he had braked in time and the bird flew away, as did an injured pigeon it … Continue reading The Sparrowhawk