barley grass

Barley Grass

I have never been keen on grasses in my own garden. I have spent so  much time removing them from the borders I think that put me off.  However having seen the movement grasses can create either as part of a mixed border or in a border dedicated to grasses. I received a packet of… Read More

Non Alcoholic Mojhita

Non Alcoholic Mojita

The weather this year has been a varied to say the least.  But if your have the chance to relax in the garden and  look out over the fruits of your labour you might want to try this recipe for a non alcoholic mojita.  This recipe is from a colleague who mixed up a batch at work… Read More

Bents Garden Centre

Bents Garden Centre

At first site Bents garden centre, in Glazebury near Warrington Cheshire, is one of your typical large garden centres selling furniture, clothes, shoes, food pet supplies oh and plants.  But there is more to it than that.  To start with 60% of the plants sold are grown in the site nursery.  Whilst the entrance to this garden centre looks modest… Read More

Hostas

Hosta Corner

During the last bank holiday I relaid the path curving it under the arch.  This had the effect of enlarging the side bed. The area has laid unplanted until today.   Looking around the garden I had noticed that a lot of plants were growing on top of each other partly due to my inability to remember what… Read More

Lupins

Lupins The Rocket Flowers

Lupins are one of the classic cottage garden flowers.  There towering flower spikes punctuating the borders like multi coloured rockets awaiting take off. Taking Care of your Lupins Lupins are fairly easy to take care of, plant in a sunny well drained area and off they go.  Feed a phosphorous rich fertilizer to encourage flowering… Read More

chocolate cream pie

Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Chocolate cream pie. A pie filled with chocolate.  Sounds like every kids dream.  The inspiration to make this recipe was after watching Julie and Julia a film which interweaves the stories of Julia Child  and a New York blogger Julie Powell.   I have put this recipe together from several I found on the Internet with a few… Read More

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Fathers Day Cacti

For Fathers Day my two sons gave me four cactus to add to my collection and a wooden box to display them in.  One of the cacti was far too large for the box and so was substituted with a couple of smaller cacti and a succulent I already had.  I had wanted to create a mini garden for… Read More