Doing what I love

Doing what I love

Hi to all from Rosanna

I’m writing for all of you who believe that small gardens are simply an invitation to be creative; the urban environment is what we can make of it and that this is a shared world.

Welcome –

Thanks for coming to read my blog. What’s in it for you?

I write about my gardening life and in this blog I hope I can address others gardening in urban settings who now have a really significant environmental role to play. In the suburbs people are taking care of wildlife; they are helping to keep pollution at bay with plant life and so improving the air we breathe and, of course, they are simply making the environment look more attractive – enhancing the towns and cities with plants and flowers.

Rosanna trimming topiary

Oddly, but in common with most professional gardeners I have known, I too grow vegetables on an allotment plot. It amazes me that we don’t all do something entirely different – maybe that is a measure of how much this work is – cliché coming (sorry) – a labour of love.

I shall from time to time be telling you about work at the allotment as well as the ornamental side of gardening and, if you are thinking about getting an allotment plot I would strongly recommend it. I have had several different plots over the years and think this is, for various reasons, the best place for growing vegetables.

I’ll be sharing problem-solving tips as they crop up and I’ll add any interesting gardening topics and tales as I hear about them.

What made me start blogging?

Usual thing – seeing what others were doing, thinking I should like to do it and then gradually summoning the will to get started. After all working for more than a decade as an urban gardener and garden designer; teaching leisure horticulture and for City & Guilds certification; giving gardening talks; running own garden services business for a core group of regular clients; working in a community garden and growing food on own allotment the pleasure of gardening was and is for me still undiluted.

As I started to release some of the physical work commitments I found more time to connect with gardening and horticulture by writing about it. Lucky me, I love gardening and writing equally and having engaged, through my work, with such a wide variety of gardening people as clients, students, learners, vegetable growers and nursery people – to say nothing of all the accomplished professional gardeners I met – there was an entire garden-people world in my head.

My close friends all seem to be gardening lovers too.

Rosanna drives tractor during training

Gardening was a late career choice. Because I have enjoyed it that much it I often think it really ought to have been an early one. From the outset I was clear about starting with a sound theoretical skill base as well as a year’s practical horticulture training. I was then able to choose which market section I wanted to cater for.

I always anticipated working for myself and I have been fortunate enough to work on some beautiful gardens. To keep skills up to date I then regularly offered my temporary voluntary services to large gardens in exchange for them allowing me to learn something I was interested in.

But I am not always muddy – other interests include photography (learner stage), arthouse film and fungi.

It seems obvious that human beings were meant to be connected to the soil. The rich pickings modern society offers demands that sacrifice. It is good now to see so many people engaging in growing their own food and garden visiting is one of the premier pastimes of the 50+ generation – so people are still connected to the soil in a modified way.