In a neglected garden

We are not great fans of the word ‘busy’. It seems to be used when something of advantage to us, but with no advantage to the other person, still needs attention. As in

“I’m so sorry I haven’t sent you the cheque, Benjamin, I’ve been busy”!

But we have been exceptionally, frantically, unbelievably busy with the fun that is TheBigForest and lots of important things, of advantage to us, have been left undone. TheBigForest hut is looking like a hamster lives there with drift of papers and materials and the garden is a jungle, we need to get a grip.

I recall about ten years ago when natural planting began to appear at Chelsea Flower Show. Weeds within a garden scene became acceptable, a signifier of casual beauty rather than neglect. But however stunning a drift of buttercups look in the order of a Chelsea show garden, in our own patch they are clearly taking over, and so we strode out in to the sunny garden early this morning, in our pyjamas, to reclaim some order.

I should have taken more photos before we started for although the Heuchera can probably be heard the breadth of blog-land thanking us for releasing it from under a mat of Ranunculus Repens some of the beauty went too as we tidied and ordered and pruned. There is lots more to do and the photos shouldn’t be studied too closely as there are weeds and lots of oddities on show (we have a small field of oats and wheat where the seeds from the bird feeder fell during the Winter and we are loath to pull them up as they look so beautiful) but then designing the banner for the re-launch the Etsy shop called, along with some fantastically good Illy coffee and making a ball of the skein of wonderful Wibbo’s Works sock wool we won yesterday at the Brighton Bloggers meeting.

Maybe we will get back in to the garden after our Sunday lunch? Maybe………..

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TheBigForest. A silly artist maker creating in felt and paper construction. Like us on Facebook: TheBigForest. Find us at Twitter : twitter/TheBigForestuk


  1. I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award.
    If you’d like to accept this award then please take it to your blog and pass it on – if this is not your cup of tea then please accept this as a compliment on your blog.

    • Hi Maggie, I think we will take the route of seeing this as a compliment on our blog, Its very much appreciated and good to know that you enjoy News from TheBigForest! Thank you.

  2. Oooh, would love to see some excerpts from those!
    Reminds me of watching Geoffrey Smith on telly when I was growing up – always entreating views to “prune back HARD” and pull stuff out!

    • Ah Geoffrey Smith! I think that was part of the same approach as ripping out all the period features from victorian houses and putting spotlyte glass doors and suchlike.

      Yes I need to do a post with stuff from my collection of 60’s and 70’s design and gardening books. No shagginess just supercrisp modernity. Susan Jellicoe’s garden design books from the 1950’s prove that you can do modernism and wonderful gardens. Ill do a post soon…

  3. Looks a lot like our garden! I do like a bit of unruliness in a garden though. Anything too manicured just doesn’t look right to me – too much like a municipal park flower bed!

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