Here’s hoping that ‘Bigfoot’ could exist

In a world where a large, ape-like creature could possibly exist is a world that I dream of living in; large forests, woodlands, green cities filled with flora and an abundance of wild, natural landscapes. Bigfoot should be able to hide from us, undetected, in the darkest deepest corners of wild areas. This isn’t theContinue reading “Here’s hoping that ‘Bigfoot’ could exist”

Being a young female on the Internet

The blog title made you worry and start reading this, didn’t it… Three-quarters of women and girls expect abuse if they post an opinion about politics or current affairs online. People tell you to watch yourself online; be on your best behaviour if you’re going to ‘put yourself out there’. 55% of women suffer anxietyContinue reading “Being a young female on the Internet”

Favourite seeds for 2018

I have three medium sized vegetable beds. One of these is filled with strawberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, a gooseberry and dahlias; the other two are empty and ready for spring. Sorting through the seeds I’ve been hoarding over the past few months and I’ve found some that I am so excited to try and grow! ItContinue reading “Favourite seeds for 2018”

Spoon carving

I’ve always had a fascination with wood, grain and trees; it’s exciting to combine it all by carving. I began studying this craft 2017 to use up wood that I was removing from garden clearances (with permission). I’ve been using different resources to expand my carving knowledge. A few of my favourite carvers for tips/tricks/instructionContinue reading “Spoon carving”

Can social media become your horticultural tutor?

Being self-employed means I work alone. It’s hard to experience new things/be exposed to new gardening techniques when I don’t have a traditional, real life, role model; so I’ve let the people I interact with on social media become mine. After a few years as a gardener, you find yourself beginning to repeat what you’veContinue reading “Can social media become your horticultural tutor?”

I’m told I’m ‘good at my job’ as long as I stay in my gender assigned role

What type of person do you picture when you hear the occupation ‘gardener’ or ‘landscaper’? A middle-aged, well-built white man with a van who mows the lawn, cuts hedges and is very capable of doing jobs you can’t do yourself? What type of person do you picture when you hear ‘female gardener’? An older, white,Continue reading “I’m told I’m ‘good at my job’ as long as I stay in my gender assigned role”

Toolkit

Tools need to be clean and sharp to be useful. Tool maintenance is essential so you aren’t buying new tools every spring! The most used items in my toolkit include: Secateurs: Felco A Dutch hoe: Spear and Jackson Hori-hori: Niwaki Broom Leaf grabs Garden spade: Bulldog Garden fork: Bulldog Shears: Niwaki/Spear and Jackson Loppers: SpearContinue reading “Toolkit”

#3

It’s the third year anniversary of Eleanor Owens Gardening! Cracking year out and about looking after my lovely maintenance clients’ gardens and expanding my horticultural knowledge with online courses. Targets completed this past year include: Buying a van (which was honestly changed my life for the better!) Expanded my botanical knowledge Learning to craft woodenContinue reading “#3”

GROW: Spring bulbs

There’s an abundance of spring bulbs growing in the english countryside; it provides colour in the garden from the beginning of the year. This autumn, I’ve bought alliums, daffodils and tulips from Peter Nyssen to plant in a border that I created last summer. The border is filled with perennial grasses, ferns, sedums, geraniums, gypsophilaContinue reading “GROW: Spring bulbs”