Helen Allingham watercolor showing elite peoni...

Helen Allingham watercolor showing elite peonies and modern delphiniums in an idealized cottage garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We moved to Brookend Cottage in January 2012. We had been seduced by the garden that wraps around the cottage but found ourselves utterly overwhelmed when faced with the prospect of actually gardening it.

As the daughter of two horticulturalists, I’ve pretty much been growing things since I could walk. Even as a student I would find a sunny corner  in the backyard of whichever grotty shared house I was living in for a couple of tomato plants or a geranium.

I should have been in my element when we moved here. Energised and excited. Instead I felt paralysed by uncertainty. I didn’t know what to do, where to start, what to keep, what to lose.

In the first year we grew a few veggies (most of which were devoured by field mice) and plonked a few pots of bedding plants here and there. But we also began sowing seeds…

18 months on, we’ve learned to relax a little. My partner and I have discovered that nurturing and enjoying our garden is an ongoing journey that we can share with each other, our daughter and the local wildlife. Some of those seeds we sowed last year are now coming into bloom. And we’ve realised that our haphazard approach seems to suit  the garden.

This blog is for anyone who wants to join us as we get to know our garden better.


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  1. Hey there Newbie Spikey!
    (for your info, a Spikey is the term for folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


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