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About me

I am a Dutch native but have lived here in the UK for over 34 years. My interest in gardening started when my father passed away 17 years ago and I found digging in the soil a very therapeutic way of dealing with my grief. Married with two sons at university, I work at the local secondary school as a Modern Foreign Languages co-ordinator, being a linguist gives me great joy. Unfortunately my family do not share my passion for gardening but living in Shropshire there are plenty of lovely gardens and nurseries to visit and get inspiration from. Great believer in ‘social prescribing’ getting people with mental health issues connected with gardening, crafting or sports.

Latest photos

  • Carpet of pink lamium
  • Fern
  • Shrub Rose Vanessa Bell
  • My wildlife part of garden

Latest blogs

Plants I've lost this year.....

Posted on 12 May, 2023 10 comments

My garden

Posted on 23 Apr, 2023 21 comments

Soil improver disaster

Posted on 28 Nov, 2022 9 comments

Latest questions

Plant i.d please

Asked on 30 May, 2023 2 replies

My laburnum has hardly flowered this year

Asked on 25 May, 2023 2 replies

What else

Joined in Oct 2013

Country: United Kingdom

County: Shropshire