Category Archives: Relationship with nature

Les Bois de Saint Hilaire

I was on holiday in France in mid June and had sat down in the shade at the camp site to write about forest gardens, and in particular, the ‘model’ of a natural woodland from which forest gardening takes its … Continue reading

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Introducing Carole’s Garden

Carole and I have been corresponding for some time now and I love to hear about and see the pictures of how her lovely garden is progressing.  I asked if she would like to write about it for a blog … Continue reading

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Thinking about strategies

That is to say, thinking about what strategies the plants are using in the garden and how I can appropriately respond.  Yesterday I was tidying up the edge of the lawn working my way along the ‘long border’.  As I … Continue reading

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My favourite flowers – for me, for bees and for lots of other lovely insects

I may have many other ‘favourite’ plants beside these, but these three are if you like, my favourite of favourites for being utterly lovely, attracting bees and many, many other insects and they need as many as we can possibly … Continue reading

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Forest gardens are natural systems

From the outset a forest garden is designed as a natural system.  We provide the physical structure – various edible trees, climbers, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and some annuals – to make the best use of the physical space and ensure … Continue reading

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Ivy – nature’s larder

Years ago when I began to get to grips with the garden where we previously lived  there was a mass of ivy growing up a fence post.  The post was completely swamped by the ivy and it had made what I … Continue reading

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Baby rabbit

One morning last week my partner noticed that we were being visited by a tiny baby rabbit and I managed to take this photo through the bars of the decking.  We watched her / him having a good feast as s/he stayed … Continue reading

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