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From tenement back green to crofthouse garden
London’s Pride…

London’s Pride…

Wild Garlic…

Wild Garlic…

April gardening - Wild plants among the Heather…

It’s been a busy month with work and trying to keep on top of my wild garden! The daffodils are nearly over and we have an amazing crop of Wild Garlic (Ransoms) on the east facing slope below the Quince hedge, which is not only heavy with flower but also home to at least two birds’ nests. I am transplanting some London’s Pride into this slope as ground cover - I hope it will replace the Cow Parlsey which loves this well drained spot.

The Ground Elder is trying to take over the roadside border and the vegetable garden, but I have already started waging war on its wandering roots. I have dug out all the old heather plants and replaced them with some new young Ericas under the Blackthorn Tree.

Growing in pots & tubs, allotments…

After two good days in the garden, I have been reminiscing about when the gardening bug first hit me.

In the 1970s I moved into a modern penthouse flat in Edinburgh where there was an amazing living room on the top floor with floor to ceiling glazing on the two long sides and a large balcony area with fantastic views over the city.

I started raising plants in pots and tubs for indoor and outdoor display. Tomatoes and herbs were also a must for the kitchen and I was inspired by books like “Home Grown Food” by David Wickers & illustrated by Sharon Finnmark. Another fascinating book was”Self Sufficiency in a Flat” by Joy Spoczynska. After two years growing in containers, I managed to get an allotment in the nearby Craigleith Park. I was quite a sight cycling every evening with my spade and fork sticking out of my back pack! Sadly I had to give up the allotment after a year because, being a self employed designer, my erratic work hours did not leave enough time to keep my plot in check.

It was not until I moved to the country that I could re-engage with my love of gardening.

Karl Ove Knausgaard - “A Death in the Family”…

Finished reading Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “A Death in the Family” - a really poingant portrayal of the reality of growing up in a small rural community and how both disconnection and connection in family relationships is intertwined.

"Liverwort" - Pulmonaria officionalis

"Liverwort" - Pulmonaria officionalis

"I wandered lonely as a cloud…"

"I wandered lonely as a cloud…"

Spring planting after wild March winds and lashing April showers…

It’s been a busy few weeks and the Daffodils are in full bloom along with the beautiful velvety purple pink bell flowers of Pulmonaria. The Broom (Cytisus Lena) and Berberis Dart’s Red Lady were planted yesterday, while today I prepared a nursery bed for layering some transplanted heathers. The heather bed by the roadside has been long overdue for an overhaul and I need to completely clear the ground under the blackthorn tree - I am hoping to eradicate the Ground Elder. However the young leaves of Ground Elder do make a lovely fresh tasting soup for a Spring lunch treat!

Berberis thunbergii

Berberis thunbergii

Broom - Cytisus scoparius…

Broom - Cytisus scoparius…

Broom, berberis, heathers…

Some new plants for the back garden where I plan to create islands of planting with a network of winding paths. An orange flowering Broom and a Berberis thunbergii. The heather patch by the front gate needs clearing out and there are six different heathers to replace the tired older plants.

Wren, the Druid’s bird…

Wren, the Druid’s bird…