About

This is my personal website. I’m really enjoying the blogging experience and the online company of so many lovely people. Thanks for visiting me here.

I write for my blog with one ideal reader in mind – a thoughtful, caring, playful person, willing to explore ideas on different subjects, as we might if we were to meet face to face. One who is willing to suspend disbelief for a few minutes: someone who is happy to take an idea and see where they can run with it.

Flowers in sunlight
Flowers in sunlight

I have a childish love of flowers: I’ve seen far too many trendy, almost flowerless gardens, but for me, a garden just isn’t the same without them. My interest in gardening runs deep, inspired by my maternal grandma (Mama), my naturalist father and my mother.

Expect to see pictures of all kinds of flowering plants here, particularly roses, woodland or shade plants and traditional English cottage garden favourites.

It’s wonderful that my blog is visited by people from so many countries around the world, but that means some of the plants I’ll feature may not thrive where you live. While I’ll be sharing my experience of visits to public and private gardens, new trends, inspirational plant combinations, and garden art, you’ll need to look elsewhere for technical gardening advice.

I love poetry, prose and drama, so you’ll find the odd post on writing or literature and, when I can’t resist it, an opinion piece. I’ll post pictures of quirky things I see on my travels too, each with a creative angle or a story to tell. All the pictures you’ll see here are my own, except for the odd one I’ll try to cadge for you from my sweetheart, a sweet garden writer from the Southern States of America.

You’ll meet some wonderful people in the comments section of my blog – feel free to join in. I’m always happy to receive genuine comments and observations about posts and pictures that have struck a chord; letting me know where you think I’ve missed something; sharing another viewpoint; telling me where you agree or think I’m going wrong. I value diversity – it’s what makes us human.

I’ve been told I have the knack of connecting seemingly unrelated ideas to illustrate a point. While you might not know exactly where I’m going in a post, my intention will always be the same: to share some of my experiences; to explore ideas or consider options; to see if together, in our overlapping online communities, we can make our lives richer and happier in some way.

If you’d like to follow along, you couldn’t be more welcome – here’s a link to my blog.

Wildflowers in grass with a path mown through

 

134 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi Susan, I could easily spend all afternoon wandering around this blog–as if I were wandering in an enchanted garden. Thank you for sharing the beautiful images and candid observations. And thanks for dropping by my place, too!

  2. I first discovered your blog through our shared love of David Austin roses and have so enjoyed following your travels and photographs! Alas, as I live in the American South, it is hard to grow many of the roses here, as you’ve probably observed. I’ve had reasonably good luck with Teasing Georgia and am optimistic about the Generous Gardener I planted in a large pot this spring, with a view to possibly moving it this fall to a spot where I can train it horizontally. In the meantime, I love to look at your photos — thanks for sharing them!

    1. My pleasure. The Generous Gardener is one of my favourites and you will love the scent as an expert on the subject. I hope it does well for you.

  3. Firstly thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m so glad you did because I then found yours. It’s beautiful. I love flowers 🌺 & plants (particularly a big tree lover actually) but nature as a whole. The photo of the Rosa at the top of this post is amazing, it looks like it pops out at us x

  4. Although I have followed you for a while, Susan, this is the first time I have read this, prompted by wanting to know more about the person I felt in tune with. And then I see your degree. I got S level English in 1960 but chose to go to work in Marine Insurance to bring income into my family. I didn’t stay too long in the commercial world 🙂

  5. I saw your recent like on my post about Plant Sharing, so I came to your site to check it out. Oh Susan! You are a woman after my own heart. Your photos are gorgeous, and I can tell that I am going to love seeing what you post. I will also have to turn my mother on to your blog. She and I both love English gardens. I live in a 1926 Tudor/Craftsman and we are redoing all of the gardens around it. I’ve also recently taken up photography this winter, so I cannot WAIT until spring where I can start shooting some of our flowers and insects. So glad to make the connection with you!

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