Restoration garden

Our new old restoration home comes with a large restoration garden. Completely overgrown, full of debris, crumbling walls and hidden treasures. It all needs to be dug out, sifted, fixed, and made into something resembling a much loved and useful garden. It’s a very long term project.

Discovering the history and some archaelogical finds here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Recently I have been corresponding by letter with our neighbour. Yes, I actually write letters and put them in her letterbox. It started because of one of the archaeologic finds in our garden here in France. We found this very large stone ball in our archaeological Big Dig 1, SideRead More →

Harvesting champagne currants at PumpjackPiddlewick

This year we are awash in strawberries and raspberries from our garden. But sandwiched in between along one of crumbling garden stone walls are two bushes of currants. One is red currants, the other Champagne currants. I had heard of red currants, and of course red currant jelly*. A veryRead More →

Managing at wild garden at PumpjackPiddlewick

As a relative newby to gardening, each year I set myself the task of trying at least one new thing in it. As my garden is currently loving the rain, growing like crazy and going wild, I have decided to cultivate a wild garden this year. In the past IRead More →

Winter is the time to prepare the garden. Time to get it ready for spring and planting things. This winter has dragged itself out mightily, giving us teasing glimpses now and then of spring to come. The odd dash of sunshine. The hint of warmth in the day. Raising ourRead More →