David Marsden



  • Gravetye Manor

    Gravetye Manor

    I planted a Clematis ‘Gravetye Beauty’ early last year but I had no idea what or who it was named after. And then in August, a blogging friend, Sara, wrote abou... Read more

    Posted on 05 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Breathe In


    About a week ago, my laptop died and I spent hours trying to resurrect it.  I failed.  So I spent several more hours.  And failed again.  Then I panicked. Read more

    Posted on 30 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Canada Geese

    Canada Geese

    are a rare and shy visitor to the Priory.But this year a pair have arrived who don’t fly off, honking, when I appear.Introduced from North America and considere... Read more

    Posted on 16 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Walking Across England

    Walking Across England

    I’ve recently returned from a fifteen day walk across Northern England.I started at Ulverston, Cumbria and finished at Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland. Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Butterfly Conservation Membership Offer

    Butterfly Conservation Membership Offer

    When I took the job as gardener at the Priory one of my primary aims was to help sustain the rich wildlife in the gardens and, if possible, to attract even more. Read more

    Posted on 03 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Mild Sense Of Panic

    Mild Sense Panic

    After almost three weeks away from the Priory, the difference on my return is marked and, for late March, the garden far more advanced than usual.  (I shall do ... Read more

    Posted on 30 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • If It’s March …

    It’s March

    … then it must be time for a walk; a good long walk.  Early each year I hang up my secateurs, lock the greenhouse, pack a rucksack and go walking.  And this yea... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • A February Springtime

    February Springtime

    Helleborus foetidusThere has been little sign of life at the Priory recently; other than me that is (a surly and dishevelled figure, crouched beneath a conifer... Read more

    Posted on 23 February 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Berlin Zoo


    You may remember that last April, my brother and I spent some time in Poland before jumping on a train at Gdańsk and trundling westward to my favourite city –... Read more

    Posted on 15 February 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Still Here, Still Gardening

    Still Here, Gardening

    Or at least, I’ve been gardening as much as I possibly can.A new pond on the west lawnIt is still very, very wet here in Sussex – I can’t do as much as I’d... Read more

    Posted on 08 February 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal

    Charles Dowding’s Journal

    Gardening?  Pah.  It’s gloomy, it’s wet, cold and mushy so who on earth wants to garden.  Not me.  I’d rather put the kettle on, pop a crumpet (or five) in the... Read more

    Posted on 30 January 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Flood And The Pigeon

    Flood Pigeon

    This is the wettest winter I have known at the Priory.  It has rained for weeks and water pours into the grounds.The ducks at least are happy – I’ve never seen... Read more

    Posted on 22 January 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Of Pots And Pans

    Pots Pans

    I don’t own the Priory.  I don’t live there, don’t throw wild parties and don’t, sadly, float about in a kimono, mug of gin in one hand and a watering can in th... Read more

    Posted on 23 December 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sun And Leaf


    Sorry for the lack of posts recently but I’ve been away on various short trips – Gloucestershire and Bristol, Spain and Berlin. Read more

    Posted on 30 November 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Tidy Up


    Now that we’ve finally had a couple of frosts at the Priory,The Priory tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)I feel that I have permission to start tidying away. Read more

    Posted on 13 November 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Grey Heron

    Grey Heron

    Occasionally, grey herons (Ardea cinerea) visit the Priory – but they are shy and hoist themselves into the air when I amble into view. I haven’t been able to... Read more

    Posted on 30 October 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Quick Word

    Quick Word

    Just to say …… very much indeed to every one who voted for my post in the RHS Gardening Blogs Competition 2013 and for all the very kind messages I have receive... Read more

    Posted on 22 October 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Wordless Wednesday … With Some Words

    Wordless Wednesday With Some Words

    I was given this marvellous, if rather malevolent looking, monkshood and so I’m unsure which variety it is – Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ maybe? Read more

    Posted on 16 October 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Dear Friend And Gardener – A Book Review

    Dear Friend Gardener Book Review

    When I was last asked to review a book, I chose instead to offer it up as a competition prize.  Not so with the new illustrated edition of ‘Dear Friend and... Read more

    Posted on 13 October 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Flowering Lithops

    Flowering Lithops

    It was only as I was damping down one of the greenhousesthat I noticed the flowers.For most of the year, my lithops sit in their pots like little pebble plants... Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2013 GARDENING, HOME