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About me

Botany, especially of our British natives and gardening is a passion. Graduated in Botany and Zoology back in the late 70's and got my first garden in the early 80's. I grow plants to sell [50:50]for a local charity and to 'fund' the purchase of unusual plants for my very shady garden. 1/5 of an acre with only a small part in full sun. Lots of trees in neighbouring gardens allows for woodland planting. British natives figure highly. I am a member of the RHS and the HPS.

When my mum died my eldest brother 'allowed' me to raid her, now his garden for plants as a memorium to her. We both planted lupins in her memory as dad hated them and wouldnt allow her to have them.

I no longer grow gooseberries, blackcurrants but still have rhubarb in a arge container. The fruit cage is now a veg cage for onions, leeks parsnips and carrots. Beans are grown in tubs on the back path, toms, cucumbers & peppers in the green house.

Favouite plants vary depending on month/season. snowdrops, snowflake, lily of the valley, nigel miss jekyl, clematis montana elizabeth, clematis 'victoria', anenome blanda, blue form. fritilaria melagris, & F. imperialis, old fashioned lilac, tiger lilies and martagon lilies. colchicums , schizostlus? coccinea. Really the list just keeps growing but when i see the above they make me smile.

both front and back gardens have moss or should that be lawns in the middle with flower beds around the edges. slowly getting rid of the straight lines and every spring i steal a little bit more of the grass.

when I joined in 2009 I was very envious of all you retired gardeners, I had too many years to go to even think about it. well September 2016 I retired 2 years early. But I am still doing environmental/ecological research for the local wildlife trust and RSPB.
the eldest girl graduated uni in july 2014 and relocated to York via Shropshire. the youngest girl has gone to uni to study wildlife conservation sept 2016. Sept 2018 she is in Bridgend Wales working for 1 yr internship at a nature reserve. then back to uni to finish her degree academic year 2019/2020.

Plan to do lots in the garden but don't seem to have enough time at the moment.
I dont have a favourite genus of plants but tend to be 'luke warm' about daisy type flowers, having said that i have several good asters, and leucanthemums that do a stirling job.

Latest photos

  • Shrubbery in need of a trim
  • baby shubunkins
  • seed heads (Clematis tangutica 'Bill McKenzie')
  • a nasty urchin ! (Nasturtium)

Latest blogs

End of summer start of autumn

Posted on 24 Sep, 2018 14 comments

Rest! they tell me, what a laugh!

Posted on 24 Sep, 2018 14 comments

I will be 'missing' for a short while.

Posted on 15 Sep, 2018 30 comments

Latest questions

2 hitch-hikers to id please

Asked on 2 Sep, 2018 2 replies

Scilla peruviana

Asked on 26 Aug, 2018 5 replies

Heritage Iris id please

Asked on 4 Jun, 2018 8 replies

What else

Joined in Feb 2009

Country: United Kingdom

County: east yorkshire