I’m Andrew, gardener, blogger, and owner of a too-loud laugh. You can find me on social media using the buttons at the bottom or this page, or you can email me here.
Other than blogging, I’ve written for the The Garden, the members’ magazine for the Royal Horticultural Society, as well as the rather fabulous into-gardens, which you can read on the web or download to your iPad.
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I was delighted to hear that this blog had been shortlisted as a finalist for Blog of the Year at the 2016 Garden Media Guild Awards – which makes a hat-trick (one year in its present incarnation, the previous two under its former name, growgardencare.com).
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For a gardener, I live in an enviable location. 45 minutes by car to each of Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Wisley, and a little further round the M25 to Kew. Four world class gardens in easy reach – and how often do I find myself at any of them? Not often enough. This week, I resolved to go at least some way to rectify the situation.
While the garden enjoys a drizzle of much needed rain after a glorious start to April, I’m taking a look back at March through my Instagram gallery.
Every gardener has a favourite or two. Something that, left ungrown, would render the season incomplete. Given I have limited space, mine should have been chillies; compact, pretty plants bearing bright, spicy jewels. Or tomatoes – you can shove an alarming number of those in a greenhouse. and the taste of a warm, sun-ripened tomato is hard to beat. But no, for me it’s squash.
Spring has sprung, the air is thick with the sound of lawnmowers, and wherever you look in the garden something is calling for your attention. It’s easy to get lost in busyness, but whatever you do, don’t forget to make time for dahlias. You’ll thank yourself for it later in the year.
As trailed in my previous post, I’ve decided to start a series on the blog using highlights from my Instagram gallery to chart the garden through the year. And so, without undue ceremony, let me welcome you to the first post in that series. This week, as we get ready to leave winter behind, I'm taking a look back at February 2017.
The demise of blogging is pronounced with such extreme regularity that the patient must long ago have entered the realms of the undead. But while reports of its death are greatly exaggerated, by far the most burdensome weight of accusation for hastening its end is laid at the door of other forms of social media, notably microblogging apps such as Twitter and Instagram.
As snowdrops grab the headlines after Christmas, the hellebores quietly assemble while the attention is focussed elsewhere. Frankly, I think a hellebore is much more fun than a snowdrop, though neither are as innocent as they might at first appear.
January can be a miserable month, so a few weeks of bright, dry weather make for a welcome start to the year. Refreshingly chilly conditions in which to while away the garden hours until the first flowers of spring appear.
I’m not big on new year’s resolutions. To my mind, every day brings with it an opportunity to do better – why wait till January to make them, and then spend the remainder of the year berating yourself for breaking them? With something seasonal, like gardening, however, it makes sense. But I’m still limiting myself to one.
The awfully nice people at Burgon & Ball have sent me some of their marvellous garden tools in exchange for a review here on the blog. Read on for my first impressions of these shiny wonders.