I retired in 2008 from a long career in sales and marketing in the housebuilding industry but old habits die hard and I still need to keep my mind and body active, focus on tasks and projects and achieve goals every day. I am an enthusiastic amateur gardener who doesn’t always follow conventional rules. I try lots of things, celebrate my successes, make some mistakes and try to learn from them. I enjoy reading, but not fiction, and subscribe to many gardening journals. I research every day in books and on the internet and I love writing and photography, so this blog serves many purposes for me. It helps to clarify my thoughts and plans, organise my tasks and projects, and has become an outlet for my ideas and thoughts on gardening and to share my experiences with anybody else who cares to read, follow or comment.
I belong to the National Trust, the Cottage Garden Society, the Royal Horticultural Society, the Cheltenham Horticultural Society, the National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens and the Hardy Plant Society. I contribute a monthly review to Garden News, a national weekly garden newspaper, and write occasional articles for various magazines, newsletters and periodicals.
My wife and I moved into our present home in 2009, cleared the garden completely and started again from scratch. The soil is alkaline clay, difficult to work with but very fertile. We add loads of manure and compost every year as both a soil improver and a mulch. We are gradually finding out what thrives and what struggles. I don’t believe in flogging a dead horse!
As well as my garden, I enjoy fly fishing for trout and grayling, golf in the summer, visiting RHS shows, garden open days and National Trust Houses and Gardens. We are very lucky to have many of the best gardens and arboretums in the country within a short drive; Hidcote, Kiftsgate, Mill Dene, Bourton House, Westbury Court, Batsford and Westonbirt Arboretums to name just a few.
I am looking forward to a long, happy and fulfilling retirement enjoying my garden, learning new things every day, travelling to new places, keeping in touch with friends, keeping as fit as possible and loving and caring for my wonderful wife of almost 43 years, our 3 grown up children and family Labradors!