“Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light;
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

the pink wheelbarrow
You’ve heard of James and the Giant Peach: my award-winning, giant cabbage!

I share my garden with a 14ft trampoline, two swings and a lot of footballs in the form of my two gorgeous children who care only that the garden is a place in which to play and so it should be, that does not however, mean it cannot also be a productive, pretty paradise!

My favourite plants in the garden are Lupins, Hostas, Foxgloves, Alliums, Hardy Geraniums and Salvias and my favourite colour in the garden is purple, peppered with pink, white and a burst of red as the Autumn kicks in.

Hostas, lupins and chives are all hardy and will die back over the Winter and regrow new foliage in Spring.

I also grow potatoes, onions, cabbages, kale, leeks, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, peas, lettuce, tomatoes, chillies, strawberries, apples, gooseberries, raspberries, chives, rosemary, thyme, basil and parsley amongst other experimental things.

And that is how I would describe my gardening style: experimental with a ‘give it a go’ attitude! What have you got to lose in starting to garden or grow your own fruit and veg? A plant might die but you will have learned a whole lot and become healthier and happier in the process. I am a firm believer and advocate of the well-being benefits that gardening brings to our physical, mental and emotional health.

If you are just starting on your gardening journey, please don’t be afraid to ask questions, we have all started somewhere and no one is an expert on absolutely everything – drop me a line to thepinkwheelbarrow@hotmail.com. Or if you fancy getting social, you can find The Pink Wheelbarrow on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter.

the pink wheelbarrow

In addition to gardening blogging, I am a freelance Gardening Writer, so do feel free to get in touch if you are looking for editorial for your publication or support for garden-related social media or marketing campaigns.

As a Gardening Speaker, I give talks to local gardening clubs and horticultural societies.

I am an RHS Schools Mentor and as a former teacher, offer training in school gardening projects to teaching staff.

The Pink Wheelbarrow offers group gardening sessions and talks at your workplace, school or care home where activities can be tailored to table top gardening, preparing floral Christmas gifts, bulb planting, growing herbs, making a terrarium, sowing salad crops and microgreens for windowsills and many other seasonal activities. Get in touch for a chat and we can make a plan together.

The Pink Wheelbarrow offers gardening services whether you are looking for a one-off gardening tidy up or regular care of your garden, as well as my favourite Guided Gardening sessions where we can garden side-by-side in your garden so you can learn as you go, on either a regular or a one-off basis. This useful if you have one of those gardens where you ‘don’t know where to start’, or maybe you just need someone to make a planting plan for you but want to do all the gardening yourself. Get in touch for a consultation.

I am always interested in involvement in a gardening project or collaboration so please, don’t be afraid to ask.

Drop me a line to thepinkwheelbarrow@hotmail.com or come and chat on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I look forward to hearing from you!

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