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Gardening is one of my greatest pleasures both here at home and on my allotment. I spend a great deal of time in my walled town garden fiddling around with new planting plans in an attempt to maintain a garden with all year interest.

Growing fruit and vegetables is enormously satisfying and led me to write Allotment Gardening an Organic Guide for Beginners.  Since most allotment produce is annual, new skills can be learned and added to every year, plus it’s a great opportunity to try new varieties. My latest excitement is growing flowers. In the eighteen months since I started a cut flower bed on the allotment I have filled two vases most weeks and rarely buy flowers.

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  1. January 4, 2015 3:41 pm

    Happy New Year to you, Sue! Just wanted to let you know we’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. More info here:

    Ade & Sophie

  2. Matt permalink
    February 1, 2017 4:43 pm

    Hi Sue,

    My name’s Matt, and I’m part of the Waltons blog team. We’ve been reading a lot of gardening blogs lately, and yours does stand out among the crowd.

    In fact, we liked your blog so much we’ve featured it in our new ’Twelve tremendous gardening blogs’ round-up which we’re publishing very soon. 

    You’re in good company. All the featured bloggers here are highly dedicated, and the common theme I’ve found with you all is the love of working with plants, earth and making the most of outdoor space and sharing that with the wider world. 

    I hope it’s ok to use this picture (I think it’s great) – but if there’s a better one you prefer, please do let me know.

    I’ll be sure to let you know when the post goes live. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions or comments – it’s always good to hear back from our featured bloggers. 

    All the very best, 


    • February 1, 2017 5:48 pm

      Hi Matt
      How lovely and thank you for your kind words.
      The image is of a garden I designed in Oxford and one that got better and better with the skills of the dedicated owner. I’m happy for you to use it and I will look for any of my own garden here.
      Best wishes

      • Matt permalink
        February 6, 2017 1:30 pm

        Hi Sue,

        Just a quick line to let you know that our ’12 tremendous gardening blogs’ roundup, which you’re featured in, is now live at:

        I hope you like the collection – if you do, please feel free to share it – your own followers may find something of interest there.

        If you’re a Twitter fan, you can send an easy tweet with this link: , or you prefer Facebook click here:

        Thanks for continuing to be a fantastic part of the gardening community.

        Please let me know if you have any questions or comments – it’s always good to hear back from bloggers that we’ve featured.

        All the very best,


  3. February 27, 2017 2:08 pm

    Hi Sue,

    I’m writing to let you know you’re nominated as one of the best gardening blogs in the Waltons Blog Awards 2017. Congratulations!

    I do hope you’d like to be considered for this – but of course, if you’d rather not take part, just let me know.

    Please do drop me a line at and I’ll send on more details.

    We’d be delighted for you to take part – and would really like your vote. If you have any questions, ask away in a reply to this message.

    I’ll be in touch soon to let you know more about voting. But if you’d prefer I didn’t write to you about this again, a quick reply to tell me will do the job.

    All the very best,

    Waltons blog

  4. July 3, 2018 3:20 pm

    Hi sue,

    Hope you’re having a good day.

    Nice to see things have got back on track weather wise after such a bad start to the year.

    I thought you might be interested in taking a look at a study I just completed. I analysed annual flower sales across Europe and worked out which countries spend the most.

    Did you know that the Germans buy 62% more flowers than any other European country?

    I put together this map showing Europeans spending by country (see attached), and also published the full details

    Hope you like it 🙂



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