Balancing the trudge back to work with the optimism of a brand new year.

Acer griseum at Bluebell Arboretum, but more about that later. One minute you are locking arms with strangers, singing Auld Lang Syne and full of optimism and hope, at the prospect of a whole new year stretching out before you. The next, the alarm is ringing rudely and it is back to reality with a …

Winding down….

The Larch trees have dropped all their needles but the cones still look lovely against the blue sky on a rare autumn sunny day. Well, apologies for being awol for so long. December has flown by in a blur of Mummers Play, Norwegian trips, Carol singing and present buying. The gardening is dull and cold …

Under Water.

It seemed an inevitable topic for this week, Living in the Derwent valley, thankfully on top of quite a hill I watched the waters rise on Friday from the average height of between 0.53 and 0.92m to an unprecedented 3.33m at its peak. Even though by Saturday afternoon the river was back within its boundaries …

Back to the Beginning…

A strange week this week,revisiting the second garden I created 15 years ago. It was nice to see the front border is doing well. It probably could have had a couple more diagonal lines of hedging but the brief was for a low maintenance front garden that was different from everyone elses on the newly …

A Thoroughly Uninspiring Day.

As the constant rain pours past the window with no imminent end in sight, it is time to hunker down inside with a cuppa. I have even managed to remember to water and dead head the geraniums that are residing in the kitchen for the winter. They won't stay flowering long with the massive tempratue …

The Race is On…

No, I am not to referring to Kipchoge's magnificent effort with the Marathon last week but gardeners, certainly in my part of Derbyshire's mad scramble to get everything cut down and in the bin before the last collection at the end of November. This may still seem a long way off but when I only …

A Bobble Hat Morning….

Brrr after all that rain it didn't half turn chilly. We can now officially use the F word. Two proper frosts last week I admit for about an hour I had to reach for the trusty wolly hat this week. Autumn will soon start showing her true colours in the trees now the temperature has …

Fuchsia, Grasses, Hips

To begin elsewhere though, The museum of the moon made a visit to my local Cathedral this week, after wandering round to get a good look at the far side of the moon, not the dark side which is purely a Pink Floyd construct as a wise friend once told me. I started thinking about …

Eternal optimist or Defined pessimist?

Winter is upon us all the garden is dead! It is the time of year that distinctly divides the positive and the negative. Pessimists will look at the garden, with the same gloom that children approached the return to double chemistry, thinking everything is dying and over. Winter is here, time to batten down the …