sun is shining and plants are for sale

It is far too long since I wrote on the blog but a joy to be sitting writing in the sunshine with a view of the garden and surrounded by birdsong. Goldfinch are coming and going at the feeder nearest to me, enjoying nyjer seed their particular favourite and the scent from miniature narcissi in […]

Spring has sprung

Finally the days are a little warmer though there could of course still be more snow or freezing temperatures. However, snowdrops are nodding their beautiful heads so full of promise and hellebores of all colours, both speckled and plain are popping up to add joy to sitting on our decking which they are just below. […]

2021 is here

2020 has been a strange year for all of us whatever our circumstances and for many, a year with tragedy – my heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones. 2021 is here and I envision it being the roots that are as Rumi said rioting under the ground….”Don’t think the garden […]

Look closely with awe

The sun is shining today creating one of those beautiful autumn days that make your heart want to sing. The colours of the leaves even on one tree range from red to deep golden yellow through to some resolutely hanging onto green. Even the bark is beautiful. Take time to stop and look closely with […]

Brief update as we lockdown (again)

It has been a difficult year for most people including us here at nurturenature. However there is some good news to share and I am very optimistic about the garden being able to help many visitors next year including, importantly, individuals who are suffering mental health problems and/or physical consequences of Covid-19. It is being […]

Potting on is fun…..

Am currently having literally a cracking time – broke my ankle a couple of months ago and still in a cast though that may be coming off tomorrow. Then had a fall in the shower 3 weeks ago and have fractured my pelvis is two places – very painful and simply a matter of waiting […]

Blog is back…….

It’s absolutely months, in fact over a year since I last made an entry in the nurturenature blog. One of my aspirations for 2019 is to make more regular entries so that anyone interested can follow what’s happening in the garden by reading the blog. (Though hopefully they will come and visit in person as […]

First bluebells spotted

A glorious spring/summer day. Sun shining with real warmth. Very exciting – first flowering bluebells spotted in the wood today. Lovely walk with dogs. Bertie, our miniature chocolate labradoodle (sort of cocker spaniel size) swam in the pond having manfully carried what amounted to a tree trunk in his mouth all the way there. Never […]

Getting formal….constitution,charity or social enterprise, funding applications & more……

The concept of creating a sustainable therapeutic garden has been a vision of mine for at least two years now; that elephantine gestation period has allowed me and others committed to the project to really mull over what our hopes and aims for the project are and also, critically, to explore whether it is feasible (which we believe it […]

What is a therapeutic garden?

It’s easy say that we want to establish a therapeutic garden but it is also easy to argue that any garden is therapeutic…especially one of the key justifications for developing a ‘therapeutic’ garden is the evidence that gardening or even just being in a garden is therapeutic in the sense that has a positive effect […]