I never follow what critics say!

Travelling to Tate Britain on a train I read the review of the Impressionists Exhibition. 

It was not very good.

Why criticise  something just because it does not reach unrealistic standards.

The fog scenes of London were very interesting.

I also enjoyed the depictions of social life.

Surely Monet’s scenes of the Thames were worthy of note.

As somebody who has just started painting, I liked the colourful paintings of London.

I will try a similar approach.

It is sad that people ,who should know better ,do not encourage  others to go and see Art.

I think it is waisting an opportunity.

Go and see this Exhibition.

Make up your own mind!,






Back up for the Bramley Apple Tree.



NTU has hatched a plan to save Britain’s oldest Bramley Apple tree. 

This is situated in a garden in Church street Southwell, Notts. 

The tree is dying due to a disease.

Experts believe they can treat this.

ProfRobert Mortimer of NTU Brackenhurst sit is behind this.

It is hoped that NTU will buy the cottage and look after the tree.

Staff and students will assess and tend to the tree and plant grafts at the university campus.

Thus ” the nation’s favourite cooking apple ” looks as if it is going to be protected.

Well done NTU!


Autumn :My week.

This week has bought us lovely weather.

Other parts may be experiencing storms ,but here all is calm.

A good chance to plant bulbs for the Spring.

There is a good deal of colour in my garden :

Late roses, loosestrife, cyclamen and Japanese anemone. 

The bonsai beach tree is beautiful gold.

I have taken pictures to remind myself what the garden looks like.

This helps too plan for next year.

In the garage I have planted up my bulbs for Christmas.

Planning ahead is what gardeners do. It means that we are always looking forward .

With the dark days ahead ,this is so worthwhile.


Chatsworth starts a trend.

Yesterday I went to a talk at at Chatsworth. 

This was about the history of the garden design there.  How better to further your knowledge than to visit a place like this.

Chatsworth has set up an education  section for this purpose.

The talk was stimulating and enjoyable.

It included subjects from Elizabethan Gardens to the present day.

It also provided an opportunity to mix with” like- minded” people.

History was never as interesting as this.

Sunshine accompanied our tour of the gardens.

I have visited the house many times -but had no idea of the scope of the gardens.

Other stately homes are sure to copy this great example.




Wildlife as it was.

This week I went to the RA exhibition of Matisse in the studio. 

I then went to see the work of Charles Tunnicliffe RA .

He drew and painted the sketches that were used in the Ladybird books. 

I still have a collection including What to look for in Winter.

The original paintings are a delight.

The detail is amazing.

1960 was not that long ago and yet it is a lifetime away from the graphics for books today.

We know that these books were produced in a way that kept the cost down.

However their appeal was monumental.

The market they reached was vast.

I wonder how many companies can boasts of

such records today.

A visit to the RA is always worth.

Why not pop along.



Autumn is almost upon us.


This week has seen a variety of weather from very hot days to cool mornings.

This can only mean that Autumn is on its way.

Jobs in the garden are important now to prepare for  next year.

Pruning back  Buddlea after flowering is one job.

Again pruning bak climbers that have become overgrown is also on the”To do “list.

While you are doing this, do not forget to enjoy being outside .

The colour of fruits and berries make the garden super.

It is a good idea at this time of year to take pictures of the garden.

This gives ideas as to what plant combinations work well.

It may also suggest changes you can make next year.

Time now to order the bulbs that you are going to plant up for next year.

Why not try something different.

This means you have lots of things that will keep you happy and give you exercise if you just give up the TV and get in the garden!



Healing with horticulture.

This week I have been researching how a hospice can help people.

It has long been known that plants help you to recover from lines.

Matthew Wilson designed a Chelsea Garden that has been transferred to a hospice on  the Isle of Wight.

The powerful effect of vivid planting is super.

A pond gives a tranquil touch.

Undulating boards provide rhythm.

I am sure the sense of smell is also stimulated.

We now look to more normal remedies to give solace and relaxation in difficult times.

Linking these events to Nature must be a great idea.



Art has many types–but no hierarchy.


My recent encounters at art classes has made me think about the many different forms of art.

Garden design involves looking at structures, colour, form and texture.

The skill of recognising and capturing this in a drawing cannot be overestimated.

What of the artist who commits the same view onto paper?

The two activities are similar.

However, artist like to ponder at the detail and subtle differences.

Designers work faster . They  not only look at what is, but what is possible.

Both are creative processes and neither is a highe r process than the other.

Two different mindsets are involved.

I found it hard to focus on what I saw.

My mind wants to take a critical look at what I see.

A good art teacher is one who recognises how a pupil  sees a landscape and carefully suggests new ideas and techniques.

Patience  and understanding is needed on both sides.

I will continue with my efforts to use another medium.

However, I know the people who are best to show me how to do this.



The treasures of Tatton.

Have just watched Tatton.

I am still recovering from my illness.

However, I gained some positive  stimulus from this flower show.

Metal structures are still in.

So are gravel paths, flower beds and large boulders.

My Gravel Garden is like this.

Natural Planting completes the picture.

The young designers showed us the way to a different future.

The winner said strongly that garden designers should design the garden they are pleased with.

YES  YES Yes — even when you have a domineering client that wants to push health and safety aside.

We are professionals and need to be treated as such.

This has done my confidence the world of good.

And now— back to the sofa to rest!