Tidying gardens in Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Knebworth & surrounding villages. If you would like help in the garden, whether it's for a few hours a week, a month or more, then please get in touch.
My availability for the year ahead wil be announced at the top of this page by the end of January.
Meanwhile, despite the freezing temperatures and frozen soil, there are already signs of life returning in the garden. One of the most exciting times in my gardening year is the arrival of the first flowers from my precious Auriculas.
Unless you're an Auricula-a-holic, you won't understand the immense joy that little purple flower above those manky old leaves brings.
This is what it's all about...new beginnings.
Enjoy your garden!
It's been another crazy, busy year....but I love it.
The Tidy Garden is packed up ready for winter.
As always, I've bought my carnivorous plant collection indoors into the cold conservatory so that they can still be enjoyed during the winter months. My extra-special Auriculas are in the greenhouse, the other 4 million (Cough!) are outside...they'll be fine. Meanwhile, a Salvia 'Hot lips' cutting is still flowering its socks off.
We've had snow!
It was beautiful.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years.
For 18 years we have been giving away the cooking apples from our little tree, as we're not lovers of cooked fruit in our house.
Each year, since we moved here, our little tree has produced HUGE juicy, red apples.
Year in, year out, rehoming the fruits to friends and family has been a big tradition.
This year, dearest Mother-in-Law declared that after all these years she wasn't really all that keen on the apples. She claimed that they took FOREVER to cook and that after 18 years she was going to decline this year's offerings.
What we then discovered is that they are actually delicious, sweet EATERS....which we LOVE!!!
Rehoming is temporarily abandoned until further notice...lol.
Regular stalkers will be aware that for the past few years my tomato growing has been a total failure. In days of old, you'd find me skipping gaily around the garden all summer long, picking a tomato here...a tomato there.
Alas, summertime here in my part of the world just aint the same anymore and for the past few years my crop has failed, due to blight sweeping thru' the garden and that of my neighbours, right at the last minute and I've lost everything.
Daily pickings have a been a thing of the past, the weather has made progress slow and just as the sun has appeared and signs of reddening have started, so has blight...Grrrr.
So last year I swore an end to my tomato growing days, the effort for all those months was too disappointing. No more growing tomatoes.
Well that resolution didn't last very long!
I couldn't resist one more try and as you'll see, fingers crossed, touch wood, etc, etc, etc....I have fruits. Red, plump, jucy fruits!
Ok...so they are all ripening at once...all 16 plants!
But I have tomatoes!
It's a flamin' miracle... I hope I haven't spoken too soon.