Bringing in the Wildlife

Worrying about family, worrying about empty shopping shelves, worrying for those who are in ill health and can’t help themselves. With everything going on in the world right now, it was a relief to retreat into the garden this weekend. As the sun shone brightly in the sky, I took it as a sign that we’re all going to be OK. Continue reading “Bringing in the Wildlife”

National Gardening Week 2016


It’s National Gardening Week, folks, so there’s no excuse for staying indoors!

The tagline this year is ‘Get Fit in the Garden’ and events are happening across the country in gardens, museums and heritage sites, from a tree climbing demo at Wisley to Tai Chai sessions at Harlow Carr. Alternatively, you can always make like Agent Ade and pole dance around your bean canes…


The RHS will also be opening four of its gardens on Friday 15th April (National Open Gardens Day) for free.

Grow Wild UK are giving away free native wild flower seeds and many garden centres and online nurseries are offering special discounts for this week only, so keep your eyes peeled.

I’m hoping to drag Ade away from the allotment and get out and about in the countryside this weekend; we might check out some National Gardening Week events nearby.

What are you guys up to?


Pretty Primroses

Our garden is full of primroses this year. We had none at all when we first moved here, but a couple of years ago, mum kindly let us take a few clumps of primroses that had self-seeded on her lawn, and they have since multiplied in our own back garden.


I love primroses. Their delicate yellow or pink flowers belie their hardy, vigorous nature and they can bloom for weeks on end.


I only recently made the discovery, however, that primroses are edible. Both the leaves and the flowers can be eaten, so a little culinary experimentation might be on the cards this coming Easter weekend.

I’ll keep you posted…