Essentially, I want to communicate through words and images, a bit of my enthusiasm for the natural world, in this fairly off the beaten track place, from a gardener’s perspective.
Our ‘Garden Impressionists‘ name reflects the inspiration we received, from a first, and very fortunate early visit, to Monet’s garden at Giverny, many years ago. This led to a significant change in how we’ve developed and planted up the garden, ever since that trip. We were amazed by the vibrant, intermingling colour schemes in the formal part of Giverny’s design, and how this area was humming with insects on the warm, early May day that we visited, around 2005. Insect friendly flowers; the use of native flowers; and multi layered, multicultural plantings, mainly with perennials, bulbs and shrubs in order to maximise flower numbers throughout the year, has become a principle goal. Simultaneously, we’ve tried to maintain a less formal feel in much of the garden, appropriate to its rural setting, at the centre of our upland smallholding.
The blog is mainly observation driven, and as well as being a form of long-term diary, it has become a stimulus for me to discover new things about nature, gardening, and the wider world as a result of researching topics which grab my interest. Hopefully, some of what I photograph and write about is both entertaining and a stimulus for thought or action, on the part of anyone reading the blog.
Since we also open our garden to the public, for charity, through the National Gardens Scheme (see our separate ‘Visiting The Garden’ page for details), we hope to encourage more people to visit this part of the UK, and indeed our garden, which currently receives about 1% of blog visitor numbers annually.
Like a garden changing, maturing, and ageing with time and the seasons, I see the main value of the blog as recording information and experiences, and reflecting the blogger’s own development, struggles and ageing over the longer term.
I hope to average about a post every 10 to 14 days, dropping off a bit over the winter months. A move to re-edit the whole of the blog’s content in late 2020/2021, will see my posts become a little less frequent, until finished.
I really value the stimulus, and challenge, of producing something worthwhile without the need for monetary reward, and of course the freedom that this approach brings to me for subject selection and opinion expression.
Fiona has varied interests in addition to developing and maintaining our garden, and house. She paints and draws in watercolours, acrylics and pastels, and historically has been the self taught computer wizard, creating our original website, and doing much of the design work for our range of scarves and greetings cards.
In addition to the design work, she makes them. She’s also increasingly recognised as being the equal to a JCB when it comes to major earth moving, or ditching or stump grubbing, and an expert in the correct way to lime wash a longhouse.
Julian by contrast enjoys an easier life. Liking photography and now writing; the challenge of producing the occasional scarf design to rival some of Fiona’s; getting his hands dirty in the garden; wielding the chainsaw to keep the wood burner running, and hedges laid; cutting the hay with the BCS; baking the family’s bread; trying to persuade local honeybees this is a good place to set up home; and composing simple ‘songs without words’ on the piano. When it began, this blog was a rare venture into the world of computer technology for him.
The spiral conundrum (2 and 3). If you think you understand the physics of this design, creating the serendipitous spiral conundrum flip, affecting the speed of snow melt on the two different substrates, compare your ideas with the comments left below.
The spiral conundrum (4).