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A Parrot’s Nest

This is my personal blog, if I talk about any products or services please be assured that I will be giving my honest opinion and I will tell you if anything I am discussing has been given to me by the manufacturer or promoter.

I will write a lot about plants and gardening, obviously, but I’m also fascinated by natural history and as time goes by I hope to share sights and experiences, from the Cotswolds where I live, from other parts of Britain, and from my occasional trips further afield. I hope you find it interesting!

The Patient Gardener

This blog has been a catalyst for many exciting encounters and experiences.  I have spent time helping with an RHS Chelsea garden, exhibited plants at plant shows, ‘appeared’ on the local radio gardening show, and now I am acting as a recorder for an RHS plant trial.  I have met bloggers from all over the world and through contacts have toured gardens in San Francisco and Ireland with some amazing people.

Produce from the garden

To me a kitchen garden is a magnificent oasis full of treats for the home. My favourite time is pottering with a cup tea pondering tasks to be done, flowers to be picked or veg to be grown. A kitchen garden is always changing, developing and providing. Whether it be your own patch or a grand stately walled kitchen garden, it is an unpretentious, genuine, busy and productive space, where I feel most relaxed.


The Propagator

I’ve been raising plants from seed for a good few years with some pretty good results. I’ve also dabbled a bit with cuttings with very patchy results. I’ve become a little obsessed with the topic of propagation this year and intend to go nuts with it in 2017. This blog is my assorted ramblings, progress, disasters, setbacks, results and some tips along the way. The blog is mostly for my benefit, to keep track of what I've done, and hopefully is also of some interest to other planty obsessives. I plan to post fairly frequently so check out my progress below.

Pulling Weeds

Why ‘Pulling Weeds’? Well, it’s how I rather flippantly like to describe what I do all day as a jobbing gardener. I do a lot of other things too – cutting grass, pruning, hedge trimming, and even some planting – but I do seem to spend a lot of time down on my hands and knees digging out weeds.

As well as a gardener I’m a writer, and this blog could be seen as an attempt to fuse together these two career strands to create something beautiful. I want to share some of my experiences as a gardener through the year, share my love of plants, provide some tips and ideas, and perhaps open up some discussions about the nature of gardening and how we go about it.

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The Quest for Veg

The Quest for Veg is an allotment diary of our adventures as we transform a neglected and overgrown plot into a productive growing space. Or try to!

Plot 44 Organics

My mission is simple.

100% Organic Growing. No fancy growing methods, no gimmicks just straight honest reviews and advice. I’m always honest.



Petals by Paraig

A small suburban garden, 100 metres (ok yards) from the sea. Home to cat, lots of soil critters (good and bad cowboys!) and the Head Gardener, who wants to record of some of the little things that mean a lot as a way of expressing gratitude. When things don't move quickly enough in the garden, Páraig (pronounced Paw-rig) heads off along the byways of SE Ireland on his bike "Gilhaney".

The Physic Blogger

I am a professional horticulturalist, plantswoman, gardener, garden writer. Since 2005 I have made my living from my love of plants, gardens and the natural world. I am a passionate allotment holder, am fascinated by permaculture, love all things flowery and also long to share my passion with others which I am starting to do by setting up a range of courses for adults, and running Tiny Trowels for Under 5s, all in sunny Bristol. I have also co-founded Incredible Edible Bristol and am a bit busy turning Bristol into the UK's 1st edible city!!

Wendy Pillar

I live in Blackmore Vale, north Dorset, in an old mill with an acre of garden. It sounds romantic, but it is not the idyllic scene you are picturing! The mill is a converted 1920s industrial building that came with plenty of expensive problems that we are still working on after 9 years. And the whole of Blackmore Vale is low-lying and flood-prone and blessed with heavy, chalky clay. Not for nothing does one neighbour have a lake in the garden, which is an old excavation for a brickworks!

(Previously listed under it’s former incarnation “Grow it, cook it, preserve it, eat it!”  which is still available at wendypillar.co.uk)

Plot 9B

Once upon a time, Mummy and Daddy Bear applied for an allotment.  It was back in the day when their family was just the two of them; weekends were long and carefree, holidays were in far-flung exotic places and there was always a little bit of money in the pot for treats.

“I think I’ll apply for an allotment” said Mummy Bear one day.  “I’ve heard it can take a while to get them – it would be lovely to have a go at growing things”.  And whilst Mummy Bear completed the paperwork, she dreamed of prancing around a wildflower garden, wearing nice gloves, sipping Chardonnay whilst birds sing in the trees and woodland creatures wandered around.

Purple Sweet Pea

Welcome to our allotment website. I started recording our allotment journey in 2014 and I have created you tube videos ever since. You can view some of our videos in the YouTube section. I decided to name our allotment Purple Sweet Pea as I have fond memories of my granddad growing masses of sweet peas in his garden when I was very young.

We love to keep in touch with people who follow our families allotment journey. So feel free to contact us using the contact section, join our mailing list or become one of our much loved members.

I hope you enjoy our website.

Paper Garden Journal

Hi – I’m Cathrine, welcome to my garden journal.

Although trained as an environmental engineer, I’ve been an enthusiastic, mainly self-taught, backyard gardener for more than 25 years.  I’m constantly curious about all things garden related – reading, studying, and attempting all kinds of “horticultural experiments and adventures”.

I garden in the suburbs of Philadelphia in horticultural zone 7A.  I grow a bit of everything -  perennials but also trees, shrubs and some annuals.  I adore perennials. If I could I would have one of each (well, actually 3 to 5 of each because I like nice, big, juicy clumps of perennial goodness).  

Peaches and Cream Hobby Farm

Our family has been into farming for many generations either as a business or as a hobby. We have learned through the years what works and what doesn’t, and  we have also discovered new and inexpensive ways to make farming easier. Although our family lives in the country, we currently live in an urban area. A couple of years ago, my daughter and I had a discussion about  wanting easy access to organic foods. We  knew the easiest and most inexpensive way was to grow our own. We started with a small vegetable garden, then over the last couple of years we have expanded with fruit trees and berry bushes.

A Pentland Garden Diary

In the Spring of 2013 we left the city behind and moved to a lovely little cottage on the edge of the Scottish Pentland Hills, just South of Edinburgh.

Let’s just say that the garden wasn’t quite to our taste, so, after a glorious Summer of simply enjoying having one, the first time since being a ‘grown up’, it was time to start ripping everything out and start again.

Neither of us have much experience of gardening, or are that practical for that matter, so we’re pretty much just making it up as we go along. This blog is a diary of our Pentland garden.