The New Garden Seats

Great excitements.  Our new garden seats arrived.  Modern, not the sort of thing we’ve gone for in the past.  So much is happening in the garden otherwise: replanting, and wonderful buying trip down to Lincolnshire, and a rather large haul of new stuff.  A dire winter that killed off some surprising things, and left things that we would have like killed, alone.  The new kitchen garden (first salad from it just eaten, and the garden room filled with seedlings waiting for the last frost date before going outside), and such was my greed for new stuff, we’re going to take in part of the wood (it’s only a strip of ground with three or four trees).  One birch is already felled with the help of a seriously kind neighbour, and bits of trunk are drilled and dowelled with fungus spawn – lion’s mane, oyster mushroom, and shirotake ones.  But the extra light means that some of the ground become a pumpkin patch – there are three gorgeous Italian pumpkin varieties to get planted, plus some globe artichokes…  I might even find out if the old bonfire site will grow morels – spawn is available from and apparently likes old burnings.

So the seats were a present to ourselves… if we ever get time actually to sit down.


About david stuart

garden writer and journalist, and occasionally a designer, with a garden in the Scottish borders, and his pal's gardens in Edinburgh, London, and Lincolnshire. They keep both of us very, very busy. Books I've written listed on my website, and dozens of articles and garden and plant pictures. Currently working on several new projects. One of these was to return to painting - see the blog - and which is proving exciting! or, more fun, have a look at
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