Plants in Dove Cottage Garden

Since 2011 I have kept a long running post detailing the plants in my garden in St. Helens. My new garden in Cheshire was very overgrown when I moved in so most of it was removed or pruned hard during autumn 2015. The progress of the “re-build” of the garden can be found in my post Dove Cottage Garden but here I will give details of the planting along with links to the actual plants on external websites. Front Garden The […]

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Dove Cottage Garden

In June this year (2015) I moved from my four bedroomed, modern detached house, home for 16 years, to a three bedroomed cottage in a small village in Cheshire. I have dreamed for most of my adult life of a home in the countryside and after many false starts I finally managed to fulfil my dream. The new house is called Dove Cottage and is, in fact, a good, solid, three bedroomed house with small front and back gardens, there is […]


Our Allotment

A photographic diary of the progress on our Allotment in Knotty Ash, Liverpool. August 2015 The 2015 Flower and Vegetable Show took place at the Allotments this weekend and we won nine first prizes and a second prize: July 2015 I can’t believe that it has been a year since my last post but we have been busy at the allotment. Last year’s harvests were not as good as we had hoped so once everything had been harvested Allan took […]

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Anyone for Cocktails?

Kettler has just launched their Indoors Outdoors Hub which is full of inspiration for turning your outdoor space into an extension of your home. Find out how to turn a summer house into a beautiful, useful living or entertainment space and then discover how to make the best use of it by hosting your own garden party; they even provide the cocktail recipes using ingredients from your own garden! As well as providing lots of interesting extra touches for the […]


National Gardens Scheme The Yellow Book 5

Monies raised from garden openings has enabled the National Gardens Scheme to donate over £2 million to its beneficiaries each year. More than £20 million has been donated to charity since the National Gardens Scheme began in 1927. The Yellow Book lists county by county the gardens that open for the National Gardens Scheme. Each county has a diary section listing all the days when fine, mostly private, gardens open their gates to the public to raise money for charity. […]

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