Sustainability Starts With Love

I want to show you a few foods and flowers that are growing in our biodiverse, fairly wild, organic garden. It really is a blessing to be able to grow your own and in the almost thirteen years that we have lived here, we have not imported any soils for raised beds etc … all … Continue reading Sustainability Starts With Love

The Prettiness Of Erigeron

The beautiful erigeron is starting to make itself at home in our organic country. I introduced it a few years ago.. This fairy tale plant always reminds me of beautiful gardens in England and of the talented British ‘plantswoman’, Edna Walling, who influenced and designed so many noted and beautiful gardens in Australia, where I … Continue reading The Prettiness Of Erigeron

A Favourite Rugosa Rose

One of my most favourite fragrances in our organic country garden, is captured exquisitely in the Rugosa rose “Roseraie de l'Hay”. I love to dry these, too, for pot pourri. It is important to take moments to “stop and smell the roses”, something I absolutely love to do. What do you love? Mindfully, Holly x … Continue reading A Favourite Rugosa Rose

The Whites Of The Garden

The whites are coming … There are two types of white-flowering rambling rose in our garden and they’re popping open this week. For the glorious purity and grace of the moment, we also have white “mock orange” and some other white plants in bloom at the moment. The white lupins and white viola are amongst … Continue reading The Whites Of The Garden

Catching Up And A Mention For The Bees

Dear Readers, It has been a little while since I last sat down to focus on the blog and I must start by apologising for being scarce! We are now into June 2021 and the year, even in isolation / lockdown has been very ‘busy’ for me. I have been doing a juggling act of … Continue reading Catching Up And A Mention For The Bees

Vegetable Garden Musings on Earth Day 2021

Organic is best! Today is Earth Day. Yesterday I planted out the roots of parsley, from a supermarket pot of many stems, into the bed that my son had spread compost onto, before he returned to University a couple of weeks ago. The lupin nearby will be making the soil rich with nitrogen. The rhubarb … Continue reading Vegetable Garden Musings on Earth Day 2021

Autumn Mists And Country Sounds

As dawn breaks and the Autumn mists roll in, making the little valley beyond our property invisible, the birds in my organic garden are in full chorus ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWZKLN3mjmI In the background, the urgent bellowing of bulls and the sounds of farm machinery, add another layer to the tone. Soon the leaves on the trees … Continue reading Autumn Mists And Country Sounds

A Moment With The White Viola

There is so much perfection in one tiny flower. This white viola is one small part of a constellation of blooms in my organic garden. Like stars they light me up when I see their pretty faces and I watch how the native bees love to sip their nectar. There is such grace in a … Continue reading A Moment With The White Viola

Life As A Garden

Reflecting on how I might incorporate writing about my and other gardens that I have experienced, into writing about various aspects of life in the content of The Holly Tree Tales blog, I scribed the following piece in 2017. At first, this was written onto a landing page, entitled "Life As A Garden", and I … Continue reading Life As A Garden

A Shropshire Lad In Berwickshire

  These beautiful blooms, from my garden last Summer, are called "A Shropshire Lad". They're one of the David Austin Roses' selection of beautiful English roses. I planted one of these in our last garden in NSW, Australia, and have planted four on the walls of our home in Berwickshire, UK. They are such lovely … Continue reading A Shropshire Lad In Berwickshire