• Out of my Shed http://outofmyshed.co.uk/

    It's a blog about gardening in London throughout the year, with a visit now and then to some fab gardens further afield.
    I also help organise a community vegetable growing project where I live in North London and this year we’re hoping to involve over 100 households to grow vegetables in their front gardens.


  • Edible Window Box

    Edible Window

    I love an edible window box. Gorgeous to look at, with tasty bites. These delicate violas are from viola specialist Wildegoose Nursery (Viola cornuta ‘Winona... Read more

    Posted on 24 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Chelsea Fringe 2017

    Chelsea Fringe 2017

    Hurrah! It’s the Chelsea Fringe again. This year it’s running from Sat 20th May until Sunday 4th June. There are tons of great events to see/ take part in, all... Read more

    Posted on 15 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Cardamine Pentaphylla, (quinquefolia and Heptaphylla)

    Cardamine Pentaphylla, (quinquefolia Heptaphylla)

    I’ve been itching to write about Cardamine pentaphylla ever since I bought it at the Great Dixter Plant Fair some weeks ago (on the Beth Chatto stand). Read more

    Posted on 07 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Wendy Shillam’s Rooftop Veg Plot

    Wendy Shillam’s Rooftop Plot

    I first heard about Wendy Shillam’s wonderful rooftop garden via the Chelsea Fringe. It’s a small, but perfectly formed fruit, veg and flower garden, 5 floors... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bryan’s Ground

    Bryan’s Ground

    Some gardens just make your heart sing. Bryan’s Ground is one of those amazing places. It’s a heady mixture of formal, intimate rooms (about three acres of... Read more

    Posted on 01 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Rubus Ulmifolius Bellidiflorus

    Rubus Ulmifolius Bellidiflorus

    I first espied this intriguing plant back in 2011 at Hampton Court and incorporated it into my front garden a couple of years later. Read more

    Posted on 24 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Great Dixter in June

    Great Dixter June

    I often feel that I’m a tad gushing when I write about Great Dixter, but I just can’t help myself. If you’re ever feeling a bit jaded about gardening (or despai... Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Front Garden Lettuces

    Front Garden Lettuces

    Lettuces started off in the greenhouse and planted out about in my front garden 5 weeks ago are just about ready to have leaves harvested. Read more

    Posted on 30 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Inner Temple Garden

    Inner Temple Garden

    This weekend heralded the beginning of the marvellous Chelsea Fringe , where you can attend many a quirky horticultural happening, mostly in London, (although... Read more

    Posted on 25 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Cardimine Quinquefolia

    Cardimine Quinquefolia

    Friend Julia, who has an amazing memory, pointed out that I’ve mentioned this delicate spring perennial before. And so I have, back in 2011, first glimpsed... Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Cardimine Quinquefolia

    Cardimine Quinquefolia

    Friend Julia, who has an amazing memory, pointed out that I’ve mentioned this delicate spring perennial before. And so I have, back in 2011, first glimpsed... Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Raised Beds

    Raised Beds

    Back in 2010, I espied a couple of old palettes in a neighbour’s front garden and thought these might make wonderful raised beds for my own front garden. Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Daffodils Restored

    Daffodils Restored

    Last year, all but a few of these ‘Rijnvelds Early Sensation’ daffodils came up blind. It was only their second year, but they’d been cruelly cut down (well,... Read more

    Posted on 30 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Death of an Elephant

    Death Elephant

    Here’s Tim. Topiary Tim. He’s looking a bit sad. One of our elephants has had to go.Up until the end of last year, all was looking well in the herd. But then,... Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • These Are a Few of My Favourite things-Part 3

    These Favourite things-Part

    Although my blogging has been rather minimal this year, I have quietly visited a few corking gardens and nurseries that I couldn’t resist writing about. Read more

    Posted on 06 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Inspiration at Les Jardins Agapanthe (part 1)

    Inspiration Jardins Agapanthe (part

    I was completely wowed by Les Jardins Agapanthe at the beginning of June this year. Above are glorious groupings of Allium Globemaster and as the bulb planting... Read more

    Posted on 26 November 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hollyhocks


    I can feel it coming on. This slight obsession with Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea).Not only are they wonderful for greening-up our streets, but now they’re creeping... Read more

    Posted on 04 November 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Machinations on Moving Raspberries

    Machinations Moving Raspberries

    Utopian dreams of a back garden potager have been rather crushed this season by the vigour of my ‘Polka’ raspberries.  I’m not saying that I don’ t love the fac... Read more

    Posted on 05 October 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Favourite Tomatoes

    Favourite Tomatoes

    I haven’t been quite as scientific as I’d set out to be with my tomato growing this year. However, out of the selection of tomatoes I did grow, two varieties... Read more

    Posted on 26 September 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Greening up Your Neighbourhood

    Greening Your Neighbourhood

    Hollyhocks are giving a wonderful display in our streets and front gardens this year.Their ability to grow in such tricky conditions never fails to astound and... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2015 GARDENING, HOME