Author Archives: Anni Kelsey

About Anni Kelsey

Author of Edible Perennial Gardening and avid researcher into edible perennials and associated useful plants.

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2014

Shrewsbury Flower Show took place on 8 and 9 August.  I had the privilege of being invited to be part of a new venture – the “Our Futures” marquee.  Most of the show consists of very traditional things –  floral displays, vegetable … Continue reading

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Woolly thyme and other creeping things

Whilst I am custodian of the edible perennials my partner quite rightly craves flowers in the garden.  In the spring we took up a patch of sloping difficult-to-mow lawn and used the upturned turf to create a new polyculture patch.  … Continue reading

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Summer in the garden

After my post a few weeks ago about a lack of bees, there are more about in both gardens than there were.  The Borderland garden is now absolutely buzzing with both bees and other insects.  The Telford garden has less, but … Continue reading

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Emma Lawrence – the best illustrator

While I was writing Edible Perennial Gardening I knew it needed some very clear illustrations to help make certain points.  I was therefore incredibly fortunate to have a friend with an amazing talent for drawing who took my very rough … Continue reading

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Unintentional emails

I don’t know if this will reach all the people who had spam emails that came from my email today, but I hope that it gets to quite a few of you.  I think it was probably caused by two … Continue reading

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Holiday time…..

We have just been on holiday in the north east of England, close by Newcastle upon Tyne.  The sights that have caught my eye whilst up there include: Northumberlandia – The Lady of the North This is a wonderful sculpture … Continue reading

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Where are the bees?

How are the  bees (and other insects) doing where you are this year? As I have been watching my Telford garden this year I have noticed that there seem to be far fewer bees than in previous years.  I have … Continue reading

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Nature’s way of ‘planting’

I tend to leave the edges of the garden away from the vegetable polycultures to do their own thing as far as is practical.  I have an ever increasing respect for nature knowing what is best and like to trust … Continue reading

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Of edges and hedges

Edges are recognised as important habitats within permaculture.  This is because they represent a zone of change between two different habitats or environments and encapsulate some of the identity of each.  They therefore have the potential to provide for a … Continue reading

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Seen on holiday …..

Just a mention of a few things I noticed whilst having a short camping break this weekend. Firstly, I know it must take a lot of effort to keep camping grounds in order and many sites work hard to landscape with trees, … Continue reading

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