I am a plant anorak according to my two young adult children and certainly I am in touch with my plant side.

We moved in 2014 and I began our garden at the barn in December of that year.  What is now beginning to take shape as a garden was previously a paddock stripped bare by goats, chickens and a turkey.  My preference at home is for tall perennial planting on a soil that alas is solid clay in places.   In 2018 I have set myself the challenge of opening the garden under the so called Yellow Book for the National Garden Scheme.

Other garden related projects I have been involved with include, working with a now very good friend to update and restore her walled garden, transforming it to a garden style more befitting modern family life, think lawns and paths, espalier fruit trees, topiary box, hydrangea, ferns and a strong injection of colour from perennials and annuals.

I had a couple of seasons growing herbs, vegetables and flowers for sale at market and a local delicatessen, during this time it was a pleasure to plant up containers for time strapped professionals. I helped a fellow horticultural student dress her garden for its public open days.

These days I carry out a number of planting plans and design garden updates for people needing some ideas or guidance on how to improve their outside space.  I can provide maintenance advice, create gardens from scratch, update garden planting schemes as well as garden maintenance. Yep, I am a great weeder.

IMG_2317 I continue to work as Dorris, my nickname, as part of a small team for a rather special family garden estate on the edge of the Chiltern hills.  A formal planting style somehow thriving on thin soil over chalk, I oversee the formal herbaceous gardens as well as the wilder woodland area of the garden.  Some of the larger projects worthy of comment here include a lighting scheme, a new greenhouse, sourcing garden sculpture, and the planting of new trees to create a copse for future generations of their family.

I am an avid reader of gardening books and magazines and try to visit as many gardens and Shows as I can get away with.  In 2018 I am looking forward to visiting the bulb fields of Holland at Keukenhof  for the first time as well as my annual visit to the Chelsea Flower Show.  I am an amateur photographer with far too many plant pictures and thought this blog would be a good ‘home’ to park my pictures.  I hope you will enjoy my posts.

The photographs and content of this blog are all my own work.  The photos have been taken by me and if you would like to use them in any shape or form please be sure to contact me for permission.  Please send me an email at dorrisgarden@yahoo.co.uk  I will get back to you, just as soon as I am in from the garden.

13 thoughts on “About”

  1. The walled garden in Bucks sounds exciting and the garden in the Chilterns intriguing. Looking forward to hearing more about both of them and your own garden of course!

    • Hi outofmyshed and thanks for your interest. These are on my ‘to do’ list and I will be working on putting together a post about each of them soon. Your encouragement has prompted me to start drafting.

  2. Hi Dorris – I have arrived here via In A Vase On Monday and Rambling In The Garden. It sounds like you have a very interesting gardening life and I am looking forward to reading your future posts.

  3. What an interesting potted history you have Dorris! I will try and catch up with you occasionally for more than just your Monday vases…

  4. Intriuging! I can’t wait to read more. As for compulsive photo taking… I’m glad to know that it’s not just me! I find that photos help me to get writing.

  5. Pleased to meet you. Your photographs of nature are full of celebration. I love that. 🙂

  6. Hi Dorris, Thank you for following Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. You have a lovely blog!

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