David Marsden



  • The Tawny Owl


    I joined the Priory in the summer of 2008 and almost from day one, I heard the call of a male tawny owl.  From late morning until I go home, the magical... Read more

    Posted on 08 November 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win A Copy Of ‘RHS The Garden Anthology’

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    Here’s an October book giveaway.This is what publisher, Frances Lincoln, has to say about ‘The Garden Anthology‘.‘RHS The Garden Anthology’ presents more than... Read more

    Posted on 23 October 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • September Days

    September Days

    After a hot, dry September the garden is tired.First ground frost, 25th SeptemberThe meadow is spent and will be mowed next week.  There are still some flowerin... Read more

    Posted on 26 September 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Oops


    If you’ve had an email or WordPress notification ping of a new post on The Anxious Gardener called ‘September Days’ you’re possibly a little confused. I can onl... Read more

    Posted on 21 September 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win a Copy Of ‘The Splendour Of The Tree’

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    Here is the second of this month’s book giveaways.And what a smashing book it is too.  I would have nabbed a copy for review if I had the time to write one and... Read more

    Posted on 20 September 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Tropical Border – 3rd Year

    Tropical Border Year

    Mid September already?It seems just a few short weeks since I lugged a large Musa basjoo out of a greenhouse;since I stripped the straw protection off those... Read more

    Posted on 15 September 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win A Copy Of ‘The English Country House Garden’

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    It’s been several months since I’ve held a book competition on The Anxious Gardener. How remiss of me. How selfish. And so to remedy that I’ll be giving away tw... Read more

    Posted on 04 September 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • And Quiet Flows The Spree

    Quiet Flows Spree

    I didn’t intend to impose my holiday snaps on you.  Indeed for the first day or two of my recent trip I didn’t even take a photo. Read more

    Posted on 27 August 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bear With Me

    Bear With

    I haven’t posted for a while.I’ve been busy with non-blogging stuff, like intently studying this wasp nest on the east lawn.Excavation continues and it’s gettin... Read more

    Posted on 09 August 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Verbena Bonariensis Beds

    Verbena Bonariensis Beds

    In April 2012, I added two new beds at the Priory.Spot the robinI cut the turf from either side of the path-to-nowhere and planted with a mix of Nepeta ‘Six... Read more

    Posted on 25 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Big Butterfly Count

    Butterfly Count

    The charity Butterfly Conservation is holding its annual Big Butterfly Count – the biggest butterfly survey in the world.Hummingbird Hawk-Moth. Read more

    Posted on 19 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Follers Manor

    Follers Manor

    When Geoff and Anne Shaw bought Follers Manor in 2006 it was a mess.  The house was virtually uninhabitable and the grounds an eyesore: a jumble of tussock,... Read more

    Posted on 16 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Beauty And A Beast

    Beauty Beast

    The gardens are generally looking fine.Kidney Beds 6th JuneThough frankly if they didn’t during June, I might as well give up and get a proper job.Kidney Beds... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • “I Hate You”

    Hate You”

    I could not believe my ears. Had she really just said that? I’d only known Margaret (the local farmer) for a few hours. How could she possibly have formed such ... Read more

    Posted on 15 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Jenny Wren And The White Hart*

    Jenny Wren White Hart*

    Water quality in the east pond has recovered.  Heavy winter rain has flushed out any remaining sewage, bleach and bath-suds.  (A cowboy plumber, working in 2008... Read more

    Posted on 07 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • An End To May

    As I walk about the Priory gardens,I am watched.When deep in thought (it happens), I might suddenly look up and be quite startled.  These four made me jump – bu... Read more

    Posted on 31 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win A Copy Of ‘Remaking A Garden’

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    As promised, here’s another book giveaway.It is a treat being sent new books but finding time to read them is a problem.  When Jessica at Frances Lincoln sent m... Read more

    Posted on 27 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Chelsea Flower Show 2014

    Chelsea Flower Show 2014

    I’d never been to the Chelsea Flower Show before.  The thought of large crowds blocking what I want to see has always put me off.  That and being pestered by... Read more

    Posted on 20 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • One Day In May

    Yesterday was a special day.A five-minute walk away at Margaret’s farm, the cows were being let out to summer pasture.  I’ve written about this annual event in... Read more

    Posted on 16 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win A Copy Of ‘Kitchen Garden Experts’

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    Here at Anxious Gardener International (East Sussex Div.), I just love to give. Why, I’m practically a charity. Here’s one of two books I’ll be giving away... Read more

    Posted on 13 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME