Garden Journal 14.6.21

Hello and thanks for clicking the link to my garden journal. This week I’ve been potting-up, repotting in my home garden, and there’s a mention of a brief run out to Canons Ashby. Also, for my observation section this week I’ll be focussing on the longest day.

Gorgeous white lupin spires at Canons Ashby

Potting Up


I’ve written in recent weeks of spring flowers that have cheered us through a somewhat turbulent spring. Many of the plants I’m proud to say came about through my autumn efforts alongside the garden team at Sulgrave Manor. Time passes by quickly though, and so even before the spring flowers had reached their stride I was planning for their late-spring changeover.

Garden Journal 18.4.21

Hello and thanks for dropping in on my garden journal. This week I’ve my own update on Sulgrave Manor Gardening, an important Peat Free April message plus a little Home Gardening for the sarnie filling.

Sulgrave Manor Gardening


Writing in my garden journal last week I talked about the pre-opening rush that the garden team and I were going through to make sure all was looking good for the opening day on Wednesday. If you’re a gardener you’ll likely be very familiar with the thoughts and feelings that are very present in the run up to the big day.

Journal 28.2.21

And just like that it’s journal time, and as for last Sunday’s entry the weather has again brought huge change to my gardening week. It’s as if Mother Nature popped in on Thursday, waved a magic wand and said “let there be sunshine!”

Crocus flowering in my garden ☀️

It really does feel like spring has sprung if I’m honest but, (and there’s always a but) from a gardening perspective I wouldn’t get too used to these temperatures for they may very well be short lived. I’m certainly not wanting to pour water on these beautiful days though as they are so welcome, if only to prove to me that the growing season is actually happening – so I may just have to crawl out from under my rock and get used to it!

Journal 10.1.21

Hello and Happy New Year! Okay, so here I am at the end of week one 2021 with the first ‘Journal’ post of my revised blog format.

I’ll be creating this style of post every week going forward and shall look to include a handful of images grabbed during the week, with some supporting text to record my week of gardening ways, and hopefully to encourage yours!

This week has been a tough one to get my head around and not just because it’s the chilly first week of a new year. It is because, since the beginning of November, I’ve been furloughed for two days per week. This has now been extended through January.

Now, I’m a person that weighs up the pros and cons in any situation, and in the end I always plough on and keep things moving forward. This time however, and I don’t mind saying; it’s really challenging to get my head around things – especially now that schools are closed – if only I could clone myself!

Raising the Hedge

Welcome to my GardeningWays blog, where this week I shall attempt to give rise to the significantly trivial formal garden hedge.

Hedge trimmer resting on the hedge top between trimming sessions... at Sulgrave Manor in Northants
Hedge trimming underway at Sulgrave, although that blade can be tighter…

You see, we finally managed to make a start on trimming the yew hedges in the garden at Sulgrave Manor, and whilst there’s a long way yet to go, at least we’ve made a start.

In preparation, I found myself sharpening, and sharpening and sharpening the trimmer teeth, and whilst lost in the moment I started thinking about the formal hedge I was about to trim for the first time. I also began considering formal hedges in the wider world of gardening, and particularly about their reputation.

Gardening Creatively

Welcome to a slice of what normally would be my garden journal. Last week I actually drove down a new lane on my journey to work and delivered myself to a new garden called Sulgrave Manor.

Brassica foliage lit brightly by sunshine
Shapes in the garden

To coincide with this new chapter, and in an effort to develop my garden writing I’ve decided to take my blog in a new direction also. For the foreseeable future therefore, I’m going to try some posts that explore particular topics or themes related to gardens, horticulture, heritage or the natural world – all subjects that surround me everyday and remain close to my heart. My GardeningWays blog will henceforth feature posts with individual titles. Let’s hope I don’t run out of ideas!

Garden Journal 19.9.20

Welcome to a slice of my weekly gardening journal – this entry spanning two weeks and leading up to Saturday September 19th. This week the journal includes Sunny Scarborough, Productive Days, and Another Garden Door Opens.

A fortnight has passed since I last posted and I now sit down to write with so many things whirring around my head that I hardly know where to start.

Don’t look down they say… a little ivy trimming.

South Cliff Gardens GQT Discussion
OK, first up is some YouTube footage of yours truly in action. Don’t get too excited, I mean, it’s only me sitting there and talking about managing heritage gardens and such like, but the longer video clips and experts are fascinating and, dare I say, quite entertaining! I’ll explain…

Garden Journal 5.9.20

Welcome to a slice of my weekly gardening journal – an entry for the week leading up to Saturday September 5th. This week I’ve re-potted, twisted timber, and some fruit that’s ripe for picking.

Gardening ways images for first week in September; an orchard and ripening fruit
A week in view…

Crikey what a week it has been. We went to bed after Monday’s August bank holiday sunshine, the calendar flipped to September and meteorological autumn, and the weather changed instantly to match the season! To be true though, the sunshine hasn’t gone far away this week, despite the rain clouds holding it back, and the garden is definitely thriving in the conditions.

Garden Journal 8.8.20

Welcome to a slice of my weekly gardening journal – for the week leading up to Saturday August 8th. This week: Exploring Packwood’s Garden, and Managing an Historic Garden.

Exploring Packwood’s Garden
Work and home, work and home, work, shopping, and home; that seems to be the cycle that has remained on repeat for quite a while. More frequently now though, the odd weekend offers a day out to break that norm, and last weekend just such an opportunity appeared; a trip to Packwood House and Garden, and I could hardly wait to stroll amongst some different trees and flowers.

A view up arched red brick steps, to a very ancient wrought iron gate way At Packwood house in Warwickshire.
Through the garden gate –
Packwood Style!

Confidence seems to be growing between people, but a healthy respect of personal space generally takes precedence. However, due to the understandable need for one way routes around gardens just now, some of the garden was off limit. A favourite walled garden of mine was closed, along with the sunken garden and exotic raised borders – just viewable from near the house.