The Berry Cottage Gardener

The Berry cottage gardener

for gardens pretty and productive


Making Rooms In Your Garden

“Every garden is unique with a multitude of choices in soils, plants and themes. Finding your garden theme is as easy as seeing what brings a smile to your face.” – Teresa Watkins, Gardening With Soul

I love visiting Open Gardens and find I’m particularly drawn to the ones that have well defined areas, or garden rooms. Over the past nine years, my own garden has evolved this way too. Much like renovating a house, creating garden rooms is a slow process, with lots of trials, errors and expense along the way but the end result is well worth the effort

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Falling In Love With Autumn

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower" - Albert Camus

Autumn is the perfect time to spend a few hours (or more!) outside before the garden slips into its winter slumber. The following are my five favourite tasks to get stuck into over the next few weeks!

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Lessons Learned From A Long Hot Summer

"A garden is a series of losses, set against a few triumphs, like life itself" - May Sarton

Nature can teach us so much about resilience and adaptation. At the end of another scorching summer, I’ve been taking some time to wander around my garden and assess which plants have thrived and which have struggled, and learn some lessons along the way!

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Berry Berry Good

"Some of the sweetest berries grow among the sharpest thorns" - Gaelic Proverb

Berries are one of nature’s superfoods, rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants. Given they are expensive to buy fresh in the supermarket, and the frozen varieties often imported from far afield, why not grow them organically in your own backyard?

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