Gentleman’s Buttonhole

Kerria japonicaBetween winter and spring is¬†a great time to¬†trim what mother used to call Gentleman’s Buttonhole species:¬†Kerria japonica.¬† All the long sticks are potential new plants.¬† I’ve pushed plenty part way into a huge pot of well used damp compost and a few into a garden clients border.¬† It’s such¬†a beautiful shrub of pretty yellow orange pompom flowers and one of hubby’s favourites.


Conscientious neglect

Flower basketMany a day over the last few years in fact,¬†I’ve termed parts of my garden as: “Full of high biodiversity using¬†conscientious neglect”.¬† Oh how it had an appeal to my student mind.¬† Truth be told I’ve felt¬†busy,¬†sometimes been agitated to do other pressing environmental things and¬†life’s¬†been interspersed with distressing¬†moments (as it is with many people I’m sure).¬† ¬†

So what if¬†hanging baskets got a bit dry, courgettes ending up as marrows¬†and parts of the garden¬†being completely¬†left to nature.¬† Those things of¬†beloved nature¬†have been¬†doing a grand¬†and¬†natural job.¬† However, spring is approaching and in places I’m clawing back¬†space for us to be included in the mix again, and of course as always I will¬†be using all my experience and knowledge of permaculture principles.

Spread, Bread and garden

Details, details, details if you want to know:  There was a spare soya milk carton with just a bit taken from the top for a cuppa tea.  So I put it in a pan with some vinegar and salt and warmed it gently as I was kneading some bread dough.  You see, I like to get the bread making to the last loaf stage of rising, then go out and garden for a bit.  This loaf was as usual in my kitchen, an experiment just like the soya spread.  In the dough I had included a whole pack of pumpkin seeds (about a mug full) and some hot fajita style seasoning.  I put the soya mix in a clean cloth dangling from the tap to let the liquid drain and went out to cut back the hedge, clip some yellow raspberry canes and potter around.  I came in, took my boots off, scrubbed my hands and put the kettle on for a nice fruity tea.  Only when I was ready to pop that loaf in the oven, it was so huge I had to put the shelf down to get it in!  I sat down to drink the tea, ponder nature and write.  Soon the smell of the bread wafted in and the kitchen called me back.  I spiced the spread (which was looking similar to cream cheese) with some chopped garlic sprouts from a pot in the window and curry powder.  The sun was out for a bit,  so all in all it was a grand day and there was some yum in there too.


I’ve found gardening with natureūüĆŅconnects¬†me happily¬†to the Earth and the other creaturesūüźĺ upon it.¬† Making things for the home, mending‚ôĽ crafting and living a frugal life is all part of self kindness.¬† Having lived thus far, I seem to have gleaned some pretty amazing things I’m happy to¬†share.¬† Therefore, I’m writing and will start to ūüďĖ¬†self publish.¬†¬†This top blog post is sticky and therefore will appear above¬†more recent¬†posts.