This is my first blog entry on this site. I already blog at, mainly about plants. I plan to use this space to talk about my own garden and the progress I am making with it, since I am now in the process of actually doing something with it - a 0.16 (approx) acre site in Northamptonshire, north-facing, cold, heavy alkaline clay. Plants don't grow in this (or not very fast).
First job is manageable - pulling the ivy off the back wall of the house. This wall forms one side of what is actually a sheltered courtyard. No sun in winter, but a haven at this time of year, and where I spend many hours. This is where I have my peach tree, Morello cherry and (in pots) pear, fig (a bit dejected) and blueberry.
Also trying to tame two phillyreas - a bit out of hand, they flank the start of a path that leads down past my outbuilding (this ultimately is where I'll be running my garden school) and into the wilderness beyond. I'm clipping them into two oblong blocks that reach to just above head height. Even this small job has given the area the look of a garden.
So - if anyone knows how to get rid of brambles and ground elder, do get in touch

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