Join me in my almost out-of-control garden where I try to grow as much food, fruit and flowers as I can – whilst tiptoeing around the wildlife. This summer we’ve had five hedgehogs born in a nest in the corner of the orchard, under an old duck hut. Our mini-wood has been home to a pair of tawny owl fledglings all summer. No doubt they are here because of a thriving colony of short-tailed voles. We garden lightly, with many bramble-filled corners, always aware that we share this special place. Although it is my garden- it is their home too. And so this wild and somewhat weedy place, is rightly called Bramble Garden.

Here’s one of the fledgling tawny owls amongst our wild cherry, beech and ash trees.

We planted the trees as saplings 28 years ago when we bought an acre of land and a tumbledown house from a farmer.

Wild roses have scrambled to the top of the trees. Their bright red hips provide food for birds in the winter.

Cow parsley and wild flowers grow under the trees in spring. This is our view from the summerhouse.

Stitchwort and violets grow in abundance in the semi-shade.

Honeysuckle scents the air in the summer. Much loved by bees, butterflies and moths.

Scented climbing roses scramble along the boundary fences and mingle with froths of cow parsley. A heart-sing combination!

Seed heads are left standing. They provide a habitat for the smallest of creatures. Can you spot the tiny spider, bottom right of the photo.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of my garden. If you come to visit, don’t expect perfection. There’s probably something living in that messy log pile and untidy bramble patch. And as far as I’m concerned, everyone’s welcome here!

A favourite poem that makes me think of where we live. We are a mile from the nearest village, on the top of a windswept ridge, in the middle of farming country.

It faces west, ย and round the back and sides

High beeches, bending, hang a veil of boughs,

And sweep against the roof. Wild honeysucks

Climb on the walls, and seem to sprout a wish

(If we may fancy wish of trees and plants)

To overtop the apple-trees hard by.

Red roses, lilacs, variegated box

Are there in plenty, and such hardy flowers

As flourish best untrained. Adjoining these

Are herbs and esculents; and farther still

A field; then cottages with trees, and last

The distant hills and sky.

Thomas Hardy

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  1. Hi Karen
    Many thanks for your presentation on Thursday – very informative – and great to be supporting Rainbows.
    You were going to send me the list of plants mentioned so I can forward to Members.
    Kind regards

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  6. Thank you for the gloves review, I’m forever trying to find the perfect pair and these sound like it! Thank you for sharing your wildlife friendly garden…..always the best kind.

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  7. It’s all absolutely wonderful. And having just moved from Dorset to West Yorkshire, wonderfully familiar. They link me to home. (Even though I feel perfectly at home in my urban home too.)

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  8. How wonderful to have a family of hedgehogs! I do like the sound of your garden! We don’t have quite that much space here in our garden in South Staffordshire, but do like to ‘garden lightly’ as well, & keep space for the wildlife.

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    • Thank you Sue. They are still in the garden tonight. I hope they stay with us for the winter. Plenty of protection from the weather here. And many many mice! Thanks for reading and for getting in touch. Sorry for the delay replying. Iโ€™ve only just spotted your comment.


    • Ah, thank you Susan. That’s so kind of you to say so. I just use a camera phone to be honest. I’ve always got it in my pocket in case the children ring and need me- so I’ve always got it to hand when I see something of interest in the gardening world. If I had a fancy camera, I am sure it would always be at home when I needed it. All the best- Karen ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. I’m delighted to have discovered your blog through your having visited a page of mine – wonderful photos. I may have missed something, but is it possible to be notified of new posts via email? I can’t see to find that option, and I’m hopeless at keeping up via the WP reader

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  10. Karen —
    My thanks to you for visiting my blog and for giving me the opportunity to see yours. I have walked around in it a bit and found myself the better for it. The photographs are wonderful, and those lines from Thomas Hardy are exactly what I needed this morning.

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