My favourite garden

Hi everyone.

My working life is now spent as a self employed gardener and I am proud to say that this garden is my jewel in the crown. I have recently changed career (2 years ago) involving the harrowing experience of returning to education after 20 years to attain a RHS Level II certificate in horticulture. SUCCESS… It wasnt that bad actually and would highly recommend anyone interested in a change of lifestyle…….BECOME A GARDENER… IT’S GREAT!!! 

The Main Lawn

This first picture is the open plan of the main lawn although i should stress the garden is nearly 2 acres. Approximately 160 hours of labour per month at the height of the season April – September. 

The dell is a fascinating area of the garden and i am sure i will arrange seperate blogs for specific areas of the garden as time moves on. There are 22 seperate areas, including weeping ash lawn, column garden, cut flower garden, veg, fruit cage, wild flower garden, etc.

The pergola is something special – about 75 metres long in all covered in an assortment of honeysuckle, clematis, laburnum, roses and lots of other niceities.

True to say that many people are bound down by there job, mortgage to pay, kids to feed, but for me, when i open my eyes in the morning, i can truly say that life is good… why? Because i LOVE my job.

Peace and happiness

ICB

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About The Lone Gardener

About me, well so much i could tell you ??? I am now in my late 30's having had up to now an interested and varied life. Started out my working life as a chef immediately after finishing school in 1990. This gave the opportunity to travel extensively between the ages of 19-30, working in a variety of european countries. A long period was spent in the Canary islands, Tenerife where I worked as a waiter in a golf resort. I have also lived in Spain, France, Switzerland, Scotland, and driven the width of America twice. This was my most memorable experience journeying from Orlando across Interstate-10 to San Diego, up Route 1 to San Francisco and then across to Death Valley, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, through Little Rock and then back to Orlando via New Orleans. The whole journey (7500 miles) took 3 weeks and gave me the opportunity to achieve many dreams, watching the sun come up at the Grand Canyon was the best !!! (Will write a blog at a later date ??) I have now settled for a while to prepare for my future which has involved a total career change. I work as a self-employed gardener having set up my business 2 years ago in the height of recession. I recently finished college attaining an RHS Level II Certificate in Horticulture and have to be honest I have finally found something to do in life which is a passion rather than a chore. I have slowly built up my clientele and look after approx 15 small gardens, 2 commercial sites, and a 2 acre garden. I am really enjoying my work at the moment and encourage anyone who is not happy in their job to consider a change into the world of horticulture. The big plan is to eventually move to Spain or Portugal (ten years time) and continue working in a climate that is more akin to my sensitivity... I HATE THE COLD! I am also very interested in Buddhism, having read Bhagavad Gita. If you want to understand life you have to understand yourself and this book amongst others, helped me immensely in discovering that spiritual pleasure is much more satisfying than material gain, and it also gave me the insight necessary to make decisions about what is important. I have also done a course on Kundalini Yoga, which is a yoga designed to help the energy flow through the body and remove any blockages in the chakras. So here you see some of my main influences and these are some of the topics that i will be discussing and sharing on my blog site. I invite you to share and comment on any of my posts, sensible, intelligent advice is always warmly received. Thanks for your time, Love and happiness TLG
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