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About me

Hello all, and thanks to everyone who welcomed me to the GOY site.
I am of maturing years (sorry, that's all you are going to get!) and have gardened at this house for 35+years. We are surrounded here by gravel extraction sites, and about a foot down my soil(!) is bright orange and full of stones. I even have a sunken front garden, courtesy of gravel extraction (I believe it was used to build the foundation of the house). This is also the driest part of the UK.
I suppose it was an average 50's suburban garden, just grass and a few sorry shrubs, when I took it over - it has never been "designed", but has just evolved. For years when my kids were small, I mowed the borders along with the lawn! Now I indulge my passion for colour wherever possible, but anything with a label that says "needs moisture retentive soil" is swiftly returned to its companions at the garden centre.
I have a TINY veg. plot 2m by 2m, which is giving me a few courgettes, runner beans, carrots, lettuces, and hopefully beetroot, but the slugs got the rest. I try to be organic, and make my own compost, and a pony up the road occasionally helps out with the soil improvement.
Incidentally, my husband's idea of gardening is sitting on the patio with a glass of red, so it is all my own work!

I suppose I should add that "Garden Granny" would probably be a better name for me.
Belated update: I now have 3 granddaughters, ranging in age from 16 down to 2, and a rising 5 grandson. No longer needed for babysitting in the UK, and the (younger) Australian ones are too far away.
I was given a second hand greenhouse a few years ago, and it is now full of succulents, my latest fad!

Latest photos

  • Nameless cactus
  • Viola Laboradorica purpurea (Viola labradorica)
  • 16" tall dwarf narcissus (Narcissus Tete a Tete)
  • No-one has told my Tete a Tete they are dwarf! (Narcissus Tete a Tete)

Latest blogs

Spring is just around the corner ........

Posted on 4 Feb, 2021 3 comments

Looking back to Lockdown#1 from Lockdown#2

Posted on 16 Nov, 2020 6 comments

Garden ramblings ..... Autumn 2020

Posted on 21 Oct, 2020 8 comments

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I've had Nerines in pots and in the garden

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Root ginger

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Joined in Sep 2008

Country: United Kingdom

County: Essex