David Marsden



  • A White Blossom Pause

    White Blossom Pause

    In April, the Priory blackthorn is a joy.It lights up a corner of the meadow,and whilst I might curse Prunus spinosa for most of the year, I certainly don’t in... Read more

    Posted on 22 April 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win A Copy Of ‘The Irish Garden’

    Copy ‘The Irish Garden’

    Time to give away a book, I think and it’s a big, lush one.‘The Irish Garden’ by Jane Powers and Jonathan Hession, is published this month by Frances Lincoln. Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Lambing


    I know that I’ve posted a lot of lamb photos over the years and quite recently too (see A Happy Ending), b .. b .. b .. but I had never witnessed the birth of... Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • And So That Was March

    That March

    The longer, brighter days of March brought new life to the Priory.  A kingfisher is an occasional visitor, as are mandarin ducks; and tree-creepers are a new... Read more

    Posted on 04 April 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Butterfly Conservation Half Price Membership Offer

    Butterfly Conservation Half Price Membership Offer

    Who wouldn’t want to see more butterflies in their garden?  (I’ll ignore the gentleman at the back, raising his hand). Painted Lady Clouded Yellow Meadow Brown... Read more

    Posted on 26 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Painting Paradise: The Art Of The Garden

    Painting Paradise: Garden

    I wasn’t expecting an invitation to tea with the Queen.And I didn’t get one.  But I did receive an invite to a ‘Bloggers’ Breakfast’ followed by a preview of... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win Ian Hodgson’s ‘Great Garden Design’

    Hodgson’s ‘Great Garden Design’

    Here’s a March book giveaway.And it’s a good one. Great Garden Design by Ian Hodgson is published this month by Frances Lincoln. Read more

    Posted on 13 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Duck Nest Box

    Duck Nest

    I’m happy that wild mallard call the Priory home.But I could do without the acute guilt trip they laid on me last year – even if it was well deserved. Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • March Of Snowdrops

    March Snowdrops

    A few years ago, a friend gave me a barely liftable, large trug of snowdrops.  I was very, very grateful and happily began adding them to the Priory’s meagre... Read more

    Posted on 04 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win A Copy Of ‘Making A Wildflower Meadow’

    Copy ‘Making Wildflower Meadow’

    I try to keep only a sensible number of gardening books – really I do.  Heck, I’ve even given some away to charity … once or twice.  But occasionally I’m offere... Read more

    Posted on 20 February 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Spot Of Rain

    Spot Rain

    January tends to be wet in Sussex but this year was seriously, I’m-not-kidding-you wet.  Lying at the bottom of a valley, the garden is a convenient sump for al... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Happy Ending

    Happy Ending

    The day after my adventure with Cyril and The Cast Sheep, I walked up to the farm to see the new arrival. Margaret was delighted (and relieved) that the... Read more

    Posted on 30 January 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Cyril And The Cast Sheep

    Cyril Cast Sheep

    (Apologies for these poor quality photos.  Under the circumstances, you’ll understand why I used my smart phone rather than my ‘proper’ camera). Read more

    Posted on 27 January 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Norfolk Coast

    Norfolk Coast

    On a cold drizzle-evening recently, I settled down with a glass of wine and my laptop.  The hard drive was groaning with 45 000 (!) digital photos and it was... Read more

    Posted on 22 January 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win A Copy Of ‘Secret Gardens Of The Cotswolds’

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    It’s been a while since there’s been a book competition on The Anxious Gardener.Time to rectify that with an opportunity to win ‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds... Read more

    Posted on 15 January 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • 2015 Calendar

    2015 Calendar

    I was reading a post on Christina’s blog the other day about a calendar she made from photos of her garden and remembered that I too normally make one. Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Winter’s Day


    After a short Christmas break, I returned to a frozen Priory.Icy, sparkling,frosted, prickly.The valley softened by cloudy breath (if you’ll allow me a little... Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Clematis


    I was a little disappointed that the Priory’s old and established garden only boasted one clematis.  Over the last six years I have rectified that shortcoming b... Read more

    Posted on 10 December 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Autumn Light

    Autumn Light

    For a couple of days last week the skies cleared and the sun shone.  After a short holiday away, a return to work wasn’t so very awful. Read more

    Posted on 23 November 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Putting the Garden to Bed

    I haven’t posted much recently or visited many blogs.  One reason is bone-idleness.  Another, that I needed a break from all things blogging.  And a third was... Read more

    Posted on 12 November 2014 GARDENING, HOME