Make Do and Mend

At last the polytunnel has been repaired and we're ready to garden again. After being exposed to the elements for two months a major clean-up was required. This mainly involved shovelling up sand and wind-blown debris, fortunately the local starling flock preferred the warmth of my neighbours cow shed as a roost. The accumulation of… Continue reading Make Do and Mend

A sunflower with an image problem

When is an artichoke not an artichoke? When it's a sunflower! Unfortunately a totally inappropriate vernacular is the least of the problems of the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus). It  has a reputation as a garden thug and according to the gardener John Goodyer, the 17th century gardener and botanist,  quoted  in Gerard's Herbal "Jerusalem artichokes:… Continue reading A sunflower with an image problem

Surving the wulf-monath and the return of Pollyanna and the muse

January, a time for new beginnings and transition, derives its name Ianuarius from the Latin word for door (ianua) and not necessarily from the Roman god Janus. I also like the alternative Saxon name of Wulf-monath, which conjures a much more northern vision of the cold, hard, first month of the year. Here on the… Continue reading Surving the wulf-monath and the return of Pollyanna and the muse

Artichokes to Zucchini

It is interesting that so many of us have rituals which precede the starting of a job and I find it difficult to start a post unless I have a title. This one was almost entitled " Stable, Horse, Bolted" but on reflection I decided that it was probably too confusing for the Google algorithms!… Continue reading Artichokes to Zucchini