My mother loved flowers and gardening, and so do I and Sue. Not until my father built a house at Studland did Mum have a generous one – in full sun.
When I was a senior house officer in the Bristol surgical rotation 1967-9, I borrowed two plots to grow vegetables, and continued ever since. From 1975 to 2000 at Home House, Combe-in-Teignhead, we had a lovely garden fronting the long thatched house and barn, the latter where we made cider with a press brought from Humber by Ideford. The house was 15thC – an ‘open hall’ originally, with a second storey added on the cob walls.
In 2000 we moved to Kiln Shotts, Haytor on the southern fringe of Dartmoor – so I could think and write at ease. The garden here has become ever more beautiful - with love and muscle. I have planted rhodos, azaleas, and hydrangeas aplenty, the passing showers and heavy rainfall being welcomed by these plants. About 13 years ago we purchased Kiln Cottage to prevent a ‘development’ that might have jarred. With this, down the slope and the other side of a useful Leylandii hedge, came about a quarter of an acre. I built a wildlife pond below a polytunnel, and gradually formed a wild garden with shrubs, small trees and grasses in chosen spots. We say almost every day how fortunate we are.
Enjoy this five minutes of a video, showing three ways to avoid backache in gardening, and finishing with simple advice in the same vein. My webmaster, has edited the video we made for Monty’s Gardeners’ World very sensitively and with his consummate skill. And we hope it might be included in one of the three GW programmes scheduled around Christmas.
Enjoy the natural world with me and Sue.