anemoneIn January, I embarked on an interesting project with two friends, which will run until July. It’s strange to have a formal structure to my week after so many years in which my work has come in fits and starts with lengthy lulls between the deadlines. I can’t write about it in great detail because, although it’s not a secret or particularly special, the project isn’t entirely mine, so it wouldn’t feel right to air it here until we’ve finished. Enough to say that it’s rewarding and painful in equal measure, and doesn’t leave me with much spare time. Something has had to give, and I’m afraid it’s been the blog.

But this post is by no means “over and out!”, more an explanation of the fallow state of my corner of the internet.

P1190966I began writing here, nearly three years ago, in order to record the life of my small city garden. Naturally enough, as with most other blogs I read, its remit quickly expanded; but the garden was always there in one form or another —  a bunch of flowers, a newly planted bed, rose petal jam. But in January the garden was asleep and so it felt like an appropriate moment to take time out from blogging regularly.

P1190968Actually, the garden wasn’t entirely asleep: these Anemone de Caen, which I planted in an old wine crate last spring, have been flowering, one or two at a time, since late October.

Over the last week other things have started to emerge and the usual gloom I feel about the garden at this time of year is lifting. My mood was given a further boost by the arrival of a really wonderful and incredibly inspiring book: Veg Street Grow Your Own Community by Naomi Schillinger, whose blog Out of my Shed is one that I have long admired. I’m off to read it now, over a cup of coffee and, as the sun is out, I might even venture into the garden with pen and paper and make a few plans.

I will post a proper review of the book later in the week, but for now I’ll just say that I cannot recommend her blog highly enough, and I feel sure that I’ll be saying the same about her book.

* Hoping that, as with farm land left to lie fallow, there will be increased productivity later in the year!

7 thoughts on “fallow*

  1. How very exciting, I knew the book was coming but didn’t know when. Naomi’s a very inspiring gardener and I love community growing projects.

  2. Your still-life is beautiful, the colours zing don’t they?

    Good luck with your project and with planning the garden.

    Thank you for the link, I do like to be introduced to new blogs.

    • Thank you. Bright colours are what I need when it’s cold and grey outside, though it’s actually rather lovely today. Naomi’s blog is great, and incredibly useful if you have little or no gardening space – she’s good on pots and things, so well worth spending some time trawling back through her posts.

  3. What is the name of the caterpillar ? A bird will have it in seconds. No protective colouring but lovely picture. L Ma x

  4. Last year I took up your challenge of having fresh flowers from the garden/allotment on the kitchen table for every day of the year. And I did it, but I think only because it had been mild in Dec 11/Jan 12. I would have failed this year – not a sausage (or flower) to be seen in early January.

    But spring is here- the butterflies are out! And the garden has flowers once more.
    Best wishes d

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