A Slow Start

Bulbs on the benchI fear that whatever I write about the garden and the weather I will end up either a Jeremiah, Job's comforter or even worse a Polly Anna. So we will summarise the current state of the vegetable and cottage gardens as wet, sodden, saturated and waterlogged, which is quite remarkable as I… Continue reading A Slow Start

The Ambivalent Fundamentalist

Somewhere along the line the botanical purist meets the gardening hedonist and the ambivalent fundamentalist emerges. In the garden there is not too much of a conflict of interest as I am quite content to grow pure species, subspecies, hybrids, geographical  and horticultural varieties, plants of doubtful parentage or even clones. The growing conditions in… Continue reading The Ambivalent Fundamentalist

The Optimists Garden

When the start of the year is wet and windy and the croft garden is repeatedly battered by 70-90 mph gales, I should really declare the cottage garden out-of-bounds. A walk round the garden on a cold blustery afternoon in early February is enough to depress even the most optimistic gardener. There are times when… Continue reading The Optimists Garden

The January Garden – Looking Both Ways

Janus Pater, firstborn of Roman deities, presides over all transitions and beginnings, the door keeper, guardian of the new year, and custodian of the calendar, from whom January takes its name. In deference to Janus I am ambivalent about January - the lengthening days tell me to look forward as spring is coming, but the… Continue reading The January Garden – Looking Both Ways

Celeriac

Celeriac - a variety of celery, Apium graveolens rapaceum, with a large turnip-like root, used as a vegetable. I like to grow a new vegetable each year and as I am rather partial to both celeriac and celery they were near the top of the list last year. I had attempted to grow celeriac in… Continue reading Celeriac