Our Garden


Plants in our 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 […]


Back Garden

These are photographs of progress made on the back garden each year from 2015.


Spring Flowering Bulbs

One of the first jobs I did in the new garden was to plant lots of low growing spring flowering bulbs in the raised bed. We have mixed Crocus, Anemone blanda (blue shades), Galanthus Single Snowdrops and Narcissus Jetfire, which turned out to be too big really. My hope is that they will flower at slightly different times so there should be colour from early March though to May. Once I know where all the bulbs are I will plant alpine […]


Dove Cottage Garden

Other photographs: Back Garden Front Garden In June 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 […]


Our New Bug Hotel

I recently entered a competition on Facebook to win a Bug Hotel and, surprisingly, I won! I have seen this type of bug house before and always liked them so I was really pleased to have won. Bug Hotels are designed to be used by insects as nesting sites and as somewhere safe to overwinter. Insects are both pollinators and predators so you want to attract as many as possible to your garden; siting a few Bug Hotels around is the […]