About

I designed and built my first garden when I stayed with my Grandma for my first holiday away from my parents aged ~6yrs. It was made on a tray, using moss, twigs, daisies and a mirror (for the pond). I loved it.

Some time has elapsed since then. The garden I have now is larger and more varied, but I still have fun planning it, still have mistakes to correct and successes to enjoy. I have a real pond, which provides entertainment in the form of dragonflies all summer long and I have moss and daisies in the grass (although my partner tries his hardest to eliminate them).

I garden near Cambridge, UK on clay, alkaline soil, at the edge of agricultural land. I am continually trying to improve the soil, but it is heavy and my back finds that hard work!

We have a range of wildlife visiting the garden. There are regular visits from muntjac deer and rabbits (they can be heart-breakingly destructive), occasional stops from pheasants, hedgehogs and foxes, nuisance visits from cats, pigeons and squirrels (although the black squirrel looks so cute) and then a wide range of birds that we feed. In the last year or so, there have been more raptor visits and there are certainly some very vocal owls visiting at night.

13 Responses to About

  1. Robbie says:

    Your blog is beautiful + stunning gardens you have!

  2. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Good to meet you. 🙂

  3. niasunset says:

    Fascinated me. Thank you for sharing with us and also Thanks for visiting my blog. I am so glad to know you, your garden is dreamy place… I can learn from you. Blessing and Happiness, Love, nia

  4. Your website is beautiful. I especially like the Countryside Weavers. I’m panning a trip to England. Your site makes me excited about visiting English Gardens. Thank you for sharing.
    — MaryGo

    • Mary, thanks so much for your kind comments. I hope that you enjoy your trip to England. It is especially beautiful in the spring. While there are many great parks and gardens to see, it is worth getting out into the wilder places too if you can. Take care,
      Allison

  5. How lovely to meet another gardener. Looking forward to following your blog.

  6. Hi there, really like your blog and the way it looks. I’m relatively new to WordPress (in other words somewhat inept!) and I wonder how you get your site to look like this, is it a particular theme you chose? Am trying to find my way around to get my gardening blog to look nice but not overly complicated, still got a few things to figure out!

    • Sorry to take so long to respond to this Sel.
      My blog is themed using ‘Twenty Ten’ which I felt produced a fairly straightforward, clean website (I am not arty at all).
      Constructing the pulldown menus across the top, under the header image, was straightforward using the Page structure tool, but there are frustrations, like the entries appearing alphabetically.
      The Customize tool, via the Widget option, gave me the rest of the page layout I wanted allowing furniture, text and images down the sides (and bottom if I’d wanted).
      Hope this helps.
      Allison

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