Soft focus

I’m enjoying looking at our garden in soft focus this week – spending a little time gazing into the distance and noticing the patterns, movement and light rather than sharply looking at (or criticising) one area. It’s relaxing for the mind and helps you soak in the atmosphere instead of listing all the things thatContinue reading “Soft focus”

‘If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…

…I could walk through my garden forever.’ I’ve been enjoying watching the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week. Having caught a glimpse of the gardens on-screen, my favourites seem to be Andy Sturgeon’s Mind garden, Pollyanna Wilkinson’s Mothers for Mothers garden, and the Morris & Co garden designed by Ruth Willmott. The planting in allContinue reading “‘If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…”

Very superstitious

Today I was invited to become a wellbeing advocate at work, which took me by surprise and I was delighted. This will involve completing mental health first aid training and learning about wellbeing practices. I am also planning a ‘wellbeing wander’ for a festival that’s coming up in our organisation, which is inspired by oneContinue reading “Very superstitious”

Things I’ve learned while creating our first garden

This weekend has been a time of reflection, so today I’m sharing 21 months-worth of things I’ve noticed, learned and loved since beginning this garden. (Maybe) don’t buy one of everything I was incredibly excited to get started, and as a beginner fell into the trap of buying a single pot of each plant IContinue reading “Things I’ve learned while creating our first garden”

Fumiphobia and gardening | new rainy day magic

Have you ever tried to dig up a creeping buttercup? Its roots can run surprisingly deep, sprawling out in clumps, thick and white. The more you dig, the more you find, and a fork perhaps won’t do; you’ll likely need a spade to get to the bottom, but you’ll get there in the end. ThatContinue reading “Fumiphobia and gardening | new rainy day magic”

Bank holiday beauties

It’s a wonderfully sunny bank holiday Monday here in Cambridge, and before sorting several things out in the garden (e.g. staking and weeding), I thought I’d snap a few photos of what’s looking especially pretty. It’s the first year in which most beds appear quite full here by early May, which is exciting. This timeContinue reading “Bank holiday beauties”

Marbled beauty

Winter aconites and snowdrops have faded, and orange and purple crocuses have begun blooming in our little garden here in Cambridge. My favourite things at the moment, though, are these: And a wonderful surprise when you lift up their heads to look at their faces: Wishing you a peaceful weekend, if you’re reading this then.Continue reading “Marbled beauty”