A Break Away…

...and a Return to Home This past week I have been on a little holiday. I travelled through Sussex, into the Weald of Kent. We flow from chalk-crested Downs to drift in the shallows, gentle pasture and tawny fallows, fat fertile clays and sands, draining through seeping wounds; ditches marked by white Willows. Weather board, …

Gardens Month Friday Feature: The Gardening Tourist

Today's photos were taken in yet another fabulous West Sussex garden: that surrounding Parham House near Storrington. Nestled beneath the brooding downs, and surrounded by flint walls and parkland, Parham is a magical - almost isolated - world of wonder. You can read more of my impressions on previous blogs inspired by visits to this …

Wizards’ Tree

Gardens Month Wildlife Wednesday Species Focus: Rowan One of the common messages we hear when discussing conservation and the environment is that we should be planting more trees. But how does this fit into the wildlife garden? Trees offer structure and shade to a garden. Many also have flowers and fruit, and their leaves are …

Gardens Month Friday Feature: The Gardening Tourist

Time for my Gardens Month Friday Feature: The Gardening Tourist. Gardens are the prefect photographers canvas - with seasonal changes, colour, form and texture they are endlessly fascinating. In this series of blogs, each Friday through April I am going to share some of my favourite photos from special gardens I have visited in Sussex …

One From the Archives: Harvesting the Delight of Parham

[One from the archives, originally posted Sunday, 27 September 2015 sophiecosussex.blogspot.com/] Harvesting the delight of Parham "Welcome to the true heart of England, and of Sussex." The voices of the land seemed to speak to me, "Take your time, linger, let us ensnare you. Perhaps you'll never leave." As a child, I read many a fairy …

One From the Archives: Garden of Delight

[One from the archives: This blog was originally posted Saturday 16th August 2014 on sophiecosussex.blogspot.com/ inspired by visit to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London] Garden of Delight Above, the roar of yet another passenger plane across the cloud-broken sky, but even as it passes directly overhead, it doesn't quite manage to drown out the hesitant high …

One From the Archives: July is a Month Made for Gardens

Originally published: Historic Gardens Weekend, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (Singleton, West Sussex, South Downs National Park - www.wealddown.co.uk) Sunday 5th July 2015. July is a month made for gardens. For visiting open gardens with a notebook and borrowing their ideas, or peering over fences into neighbours gardens to compare competitive favourites, or allowing yourself a …

A Nature ‘How To’: Helping Hedgehogs

Have you heard the recent news? On 7th February a new report (Published jointly by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES).) revealed that hedgehog numbers have plummeted by half since the year 2000! This is very worrying news indeed! From Beatrix Potter stories to console game characters, the …

A Nature ‘How To’: Feeding Garden Birds

How to: Feeding Garden Birds Do you feed the birds in your garden? In the UK, gardens cover a larger area than all the nature reserves put together, making our homes an invaluable resource for wildlife. Gardens are especially important as places of refuge during winter, particularly when food becomes increasingly hard to find in …

What ‘Organic’ means to me at the Cutty Garden Allotment

September 16th 2017  - Organic September Saturday At the Cutty Garden Allotment, we garden organically. By this, I don't mean we have certificates and paper work to label us, nor do we employ any secret magic under the full moon. Simply, when I took on the plot in February 2016, I made a promise to …