Summer 2018

| 24th September 2018

Those of you who know me will probably be aware by now that Peter passed away last week. I had already prepared this post, so it seems a shame to waste it. He put his heart and soul into making ‘Grassy Bottom’ a special place both inside and out. I dedicate this website to him. […]

Never Let It Be Said – – –

| 17th September 2018

Regular readers may remember a few months ago when I wrote about buying two new vacuum cleaners. Well I’m afraid the dream of being 25 with a loft apartment and a perfect husband has gone rather sour since then.

How Long Does It Take?

| 23rd July 2018

About 18 months ago I sowed some Carnation seeds. They germinated reasonably well and last Summer I planted about half a dozen small plants in the border by the drive. I wasn’t too bothered when they didn’t flower last year as I guessed they needed time to get established.

Keep The Faith

| 9th July 2018

I don’t have a great record when it comes to buying plants by post. As far back as 2009 at Ravendale House I was getting disappointed by poor quality plug plants but despite that, as recently as last year, I still hadn’t learned my lesson, buying ’20 special offer’ fuchsias.

Peter Has A Theory

| 2nd July 2018

Well he actually has more than one, but the one in this story is to do with ‘when you think a job is finished’. It goes like this. When you think a job is finished, stop and look at it because there will always be something you’ve missed or could do better.

Border Issues

| 21st May 2018

No I’m not talking about Brexit and the difficult Irish border debate, this is about a troublesome flower border.


| 7th May 2018

Acanthus. A genus of about 50 species of herbaceous perennials one of the most popular being Acanthus Mollis. Affectionately known as ‘bear’s breeches’, (no idea why) it is a grown for it’s attractive foliage and architecturally bold flower spikes.

Spring 2018

| 30th April 2018

Well it’s been a long time coming but at last Spring has returned to ‘Grassy Bottom’. My favourite time of year by far and this is why.

Des Res

| 16th April 2018

We have 3 wheelie bins. Black for general refuse, grey for recycling (but not glass, I have to walk down to the village recycling point with bottles etc.) and green for garden waste. On the whole a very efficient staggered fortnightly service.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

| 12th February 2018

Just what you need to brighten a cold February day, some more ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics, but before you yawn with boredom and turn away, they aren’t of ‘Grassy Bottom’, they are in fact photos from my sister’s garden in Aberdeenshire.