Exploring Norfolk’s Big Houses

Norfolk has a long history and experienced some interesting times. You can’t go too far without bumping into a hill fort, Roman ruins and medieval castles, as well as some of the most amazing and well preserved stately homes once owned by the rich and royalty. Within 45 minutes north of where I live I…

Winter has finally set in

We have had a very mild autumn and early winter so far. November had been unseasonably warm up until this weekend when the temperature finally dropped. I have my first recorded temp of 0 in the greenhouse and the first show of the year hit the ground last night. Luckily I had picked my last…

Looking back

November has well and truly set in.  The golden and red leaves are dropping and the nights have drawn in.  As we move into winter, it is time to look back and reflect on this years season, the successes and failures.  It is also a time to get on top of some pre-winter tasks before…

A Mixed Bag

So far this year things are a bit of a mixed bag.  I have had some great successes but had some terrible failures.  At least it is early enough to try and fix some of the problems I have been having. The weather has not been amazingly helpful so far this year.  The days have…

High winds and a frost.

Last weekend brought high winds and cold air; luckily, other than a few things being blown around the garden, I didn’t suffer any damage and my greenhouse stood up well to its first storm.  The bad weather did not stop some garden activity as I was able to shelter under the glass in relative warmth…

Cool breeze off the North Sea

Over recent weeks we have had several weekends of glorious sunshine leading to the familiar sounds of lawn mowers cutting lawns across our estate.  Unfortunately, this weekend is not one of them. Living near the east coast of the UK has its benefits; we get a reasonable amount of rain unlike those who live over in…

First signs of life in the greenhouse

I am very excited! I have come home to find the first plants to germinate in my new greenhouse.  The temperature has been quite cold so I have not expected much to happen so soon. The little gem is the first to break out of the sowing compost and offer me hope for this growing season….