Up On Childwall Fields: Meadowsweet

We’ve been up on Childwall Fields again, looking for samples for Sarah’s continuing horticulture course. Among them the beautifully named Meadowsweet. We found a whole meadow of them, and so much more. It’s high summer now and this precious suburban wilderness is at its wildest. Tall grasses, thistles and nettles you can get lost in, […]

Wildflower Hunting on the Shining Shore

Our first time on the Shining Shore since the lockdown began in March and we were so glad to be back there today. Walking in the hills and lanes and woodlands down to the Dee Shore around Thurstaston. So glad to see the sea and the coast after all this time. Not that this was […]

Weeds In The Yard

A lockdown horticulture lesson here from Sarah Horton on the small wonders in our yards and pavements most of us probably never even notice. The tiny plants I’ve only called ‘weeds’ in the headline to get your attention. In fact, as you’ll hear from Sarah they’re not mere weeds for the clearing but complex and […]

Home Life During a Pandemic

28th March – Week One How are you doing? Aside from all the very big questions about whether you’ve got a home anyway, and sufficient income to keep you and it together for we don’t know how long, how are you doing? Also assuming you and whoever might be locked down with you are well, […]

This Crimson Dwindling of the Year

New readers might not know that there’s a whole section of this blog written by my partner called ‘Letters From Sarah.’ Containing her reflections on life, nature and, here, the deep red horticulture of an autumn day in North Wales. * I spend a lot of time outside and a lot of time on the water on my […]

Ness Botanic Gardens: In the Wilderness

Sarah’s back from what’s now become her annual sea kayaking expedition to the Outer Hebrides (blog post on the way), but clearly hasn’t had enough of being outside most of the time yet. So today we went to the Wilderness. As you’ll see it wasn’t really a wilderness, but that’s what it called itself on […]