Spears of hope

Spears of hope

The garden has been enveloped in white mist most days. It rolls up the hill from the valley below. It's no surprise that the snowdrops, so often in bud by now, prefer to remain hidden under their blankets of moss. All but one clump at the bottom of the garden, that is, whose white buds [...]

The month of May

The month of May

There’s something special about the month of May, and this year hasn’t disappointed. Although we are just half way through, already there have been so many simple things to take pleasure in and enjoy, such as: Picking local asparagus, just up the road at Peach Croft Farm.   Watching red mason bees pop in and [...]

Asparagus season

St George's Day; traditionally the start of the asparagus season. Eight crowns were the first things we planted in our raised bed early last year, along with a couple of unpromising looking slabs of rhubarb.  This year we anxiously waited for the spears to break through the earth; letting us know the crowns have survived. [...]

Seasonal delights

Seasonal delights

I was taken with this calendar of seasonal delights at the Lost Gardens of Heligan and thought it would be fun to produce something similar for the garden here. So since January I've been noting down the plants and wildlife prevalent in each month. April's column is being filled with daffodils, hyacinths, scillas, hellebores, celandines, [...]

Potato harvest

Potato harvest

By the beginning of last year we had a garden laid out; the builders' rubble had been cleared from around the house and paths and a patio laid in their place. There were new beds to plan, and plants to choose, and the prospect of getting back to growing things felt so good that it [...]