Category Archives: Gardening

A Touch of Frost

“But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.” ― Victoria Logue.        May can be a tricky month, here in Suffolk, for growing.  Back in London, April was the month in which frost might make an unexpected guest appearance and damage anything that had been planted but here, on the Suffolk

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Starting our Cottage Garden

As we approach the end of August, in the gardening calendar, and the signs of seasonal change are gently beginning to make themselves known in the cottage garden, I had been thinking back to what the garden was like when we first moved in, back in 2009. Frankly, the place was a blank canvas. Have you ever had a garden that

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A Gift for the Bees

This year, I’ve paid particular attention to attracting in more bees and insects. I’ve packed our little cottage garden with all manner of flowering plants and shrubs that serve as a beacon. Here are some of the pictures from this spring-summer, 2019. Have you had any success attracting more bees into your garden? (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.

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The Acrobatic Visitor

This year, in spite of the very mixed weather, we have seen a vast array of wildlife in our cottage garden.  The key, I believe, is to create plenty of habitat and plant coverage.  Creatures need somewhere to live but, in order to venture into our gardens, wildlife also needs a place to feel safe.  That is why hedgerows, areas

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Aunty Ann’s Oak Tree

Today, I have been thinking back over the most beautiful autumn, here in Suffolk, this year.  Our little cottage garden is a haven of nature.  It is a place of sanctuary and escape for us and, we hope, a haven for wildlife. Back in October, one afternoon, I decided to spend an hour looking after a beautiful little oak tree

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Hedge Sanctuary

I have been thinking, today, about how well our cottage garden is developing as a habitat for wildlife.  Certainly, it has been our intention to create an environment that will attract and nourish the natural ecosystems.  Wildlife and nature need help, these days. I believe that connecting with nature and the environment is fundamentally important to human well-being.   When

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Autumn Garden Veg Patch

With the onset of the autumn season, it is time to start clearing the garden up from the summer activities and putting the structures in place for planting and growing for the cold seasons and into spring, in the new year.  Over the last year, I have not done much in the way of gardening, due to my health making

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Home Grown Mindful Eating

Changing unhealthy eating behaviours can feel like an immense challenge.  Sometimes we may be so focused on the end goal, that we may lose site of the benefit of simply achieving a daily or weekly goal.  It is the small goals that lead us to the eventual ‘end goal’ that we are aiming for.  Let us look at some basic principles that

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