Ok, how do people usually start these things? I've tried a little blogging on myspace but never really got that far so I suppose that introducing myself and what I'm doing will be as good a place as any.
I'm a professional gardener specialising in garden maintenance (as opposed to design or landscaping). I have no qualifications in gardening, just enthusiasm and a love of plants - mainly herbaceous although I do include roses amongst my loves. I fell into gardening whilst being unceremonially dumped into near financial ruin as the result of a failed PhD at Manchester Poly. I work on four regular gardens (five if you include my own, as I tend to do more work in the garden than my wife); these are dotted around the Halifax & Huddersfield area of Yorkshire - right in the middle of the Pennines for those who don't know the area - which doesn't bring quite as many problems with the climate as you might initially expect.
I have been working as a gardener for just over three years now, after spending about 2 years working in a local garden centre, eventually becoming plant buyer. I decided that the garden centre wasn't quite what I wanted and that I needed more freedom to work with planting and the continuity that comes with working with the same garden - seeing how things develop, how the garden looks in different seasons and overcoming the plethora of problems that intrinsically accompany any garden. Having done a wide variety of almost completely unrelated jobs over the space of ten years since leaving University - none of which lasted more than a year and a half - I am at my happiest out in the garden, even if it's not my own.
Well, I suppose that's probably enough of an introduction to myself. If I do actually get round to updating this blog on any sort of regular basis (I'm making no promises here), you'll probably find out more about me and my gardens (that's assuming anyone's interested - I sometimes wonder why anyone would want to read my thoughts on anything...).