David Marsden



  • From Up On High

    From High

    Scaffolding has gone up at the Priory.Though I don’t have a head for heights, I couldn’t wait to get up there and see the gardens from a new perspective. Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pale Tussock Moth

    Pale Tussock Moth

    The caterpillar of the Pale Tussock Moth (Calliteara pudibunda) is large and very visible.Which is just as well. Otherwise, I would have trundled over this one... Read more

    Posted on 25 September 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Cutting Back

    Cutting Back

    Though it doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, autumn has crept up on me these past couple of weeks.Low sun and pale mist greet me when I arrive – soon the... Read more

    Posted on 21 September 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Win A Copy Of ‘The New English Garden’

    Copy ‘The English Garden’

    I was delighted when Jessica at Aurum Publishing offered me a copy of ‘The New English Garden’ by Tim Richardson to review. But then I thought, “no David! ... Read more

    Posted on 09 September 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Tropical Border – 2nd Year

    Tropical Border Year

    With the first hint of autumn, the garden is looking decidedly tired in placesbut the tropical border at least is putting on a show. It doesn’t come into its... Read more

    Posted on 31 August 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Islands


    On the west pond is an island. It is perhaps ten paces across, with a weeping willow and several alders. For most of the year, I leave it be;… a refuge for... Read more

    Posted on 23 August 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Gardens In July

    Gardens July

    We cut the beech hedging last Monday – the hottest day in the UK for seven years.Nick setting to (whilst I burnish my nails and take photos)I normally cut it... Read more

    Posted on 28 July 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Garden Visitors

    Garden Visitors

    Gardening is a fine jobCollared doveand as an added bonus I see plenty of wildlife (as if I needed an added bonus). Here’s a little of what I’ve seen... Read more

    Posted on 22 July 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • I Didn’t Show You …

    Didn’t Show

    … the alliums in flower.The long borders in JuneAfter last year’s disappointment (when they were mostly reduced to sludge by heavy rain) they were a fine sight.... Read more

    Posted on 16 July 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Poppies On The Downs

    Poppies Downs

    A smudge of red has been visible from The Old Forge for over a week. As I worked,it drew my eye; I decided to go for a closer look.I associate field or common... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • Wordless Wednesday: A Robin’s Story

    Wordless Wednesday: Robin’s Story

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    Posted on 03 July 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Priory Wisteria …

    Priory Wisteria

    … hasn’t flowered in my five years as gardener. Well, not properly. It does give a stutter of blue throughout the summer but the big spring show just hasn’t... Read more

    Posted on 28 June 2013 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Fox And The Crow


    We feed crows. We don’t go out much, so we feed crows. Any scraps that used to go to the chickens now go to the crows.They are generally grateful but sometime... Read more

    Posted on 20 June 2013 GARDENING, HOME