About Me

Gardening for me has become an important distraction from chronic pain (after a stroke) but I must pace myself or I risk the pain getting worse. We all have obstacles: whether physical problems or lack of time or lack of money or lack of space or lack of sun but I hope we can enjoy growing something, even 1 pot from seed.

I'm gardening on a budget so mostly growing from seed or enjoying what self-seeds. Lately I've struggled identifying seedlings so that is my goal to identify and document every seedling I come across. I don't have any horticultural training but my background is IT and I like things precise and organized so I am learning what these plants are so I can document them.

In the winter I love forcing bulbs indoors, see www.gardenwithindoors.org.uk and www.hyacinthvases.org.uk.

I love cats and have four, Polly Pocket, who I took in as a stray, Socks (pictured below), who I got from the RSPCA, Scarecrow, a stray I took in (below Victor) and Victor (below Socks) who has come from a neighbour and decided he wants to stay with us instead. More about my cats and the other cats that visit the garden are at the Neighbourhood Cats page.

Socks

Victor

cat with forced hyacinths

Scarecrow

and I have some other animal friends in the garden as well

You can contact me: julie at gardenwithoutdoors.org.uk.

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