My name is Julie Quinn. Welcome to my gardening blog which is about having a cottage garden in North London. Blogging about cottage garden style in a town garden. This blog is about how I work on creating this style of garden and what I love about it – what I plant and what I don’t – what has worked and what hasn’t and how we use the space.
Today July 6th I'm posting some photos of what's happening in my cottage garden this weekend plus one pic at the end of my Mum who at 103 yrs old is still gardening; summer bedding now and planning bulbs for next year.
I often think about what a garden is for. In this third blog I suggest that having an outdoor space to think about, daydream about and be out in is a great distraction from harsh reality, worries and niggles.
A small town cottage garden can look wonderful with simple, common and ordinary plants that earn their keep by growing away nicely and providing colour, scent, movement, food and shelter for wildlife and year-round interest.
In my previous post “What is a garden for?” I suggested that a garden helps us live our lives outside of ourselves, physically and mentally. You can find that post here. My second idea is simple. My garden is for looking out onto like watching a slowly changing painting, changing during the day with movement
With the recent sunshine some of my more useful garden plants have gone quite mad and started spreading and growing and flowering. I love them and am very happy for them to go as mad as they like. Here they are: One Clematis Montana rubens, possibly the variety Elizabeth or similar which is useful to
I’m sitting here in my London cottage garden enjoying the silence of the city today so here are six garden photos with no chat in between. London has been strangely quiet today – no one cutting the grass or having a party nearby. One of those rare magical days when
I’ve been thinking about what a garden is for and will present one idea in each short blog over the next few weeks. By garden I want to include any space outside your home where something grows. It could be a window box, balcony, pot by the front door or a garden of any size.
In the garden on 21st March 2019. The first time I’ve sat and had a coffee in the garden this year – it’s a milestone and felt a real treat. These lovely Epimedium flowers only look so nice because I remembered to cut off all the winter foliage in February before the flowers
With no space for a cutting patch here is how I grow enough flowers to fill small vases through the Spring. I can’t bring myself to cut blooms from the borders as then I’d be left with nothing to look at so I grow daffodils and tulips for cutting crammed in 6 plastic pots and protected