Hi, I’m Ciar, a writer, gardener and mum of three under-10s aka the Little Weeds.

We moved into our urban garden a year and a half ago and it is very much a work in progress. In the sunny, south-facing front garden we are in the process of replacing overgrown shrubs with raised veg beds.

Two of the Little Weeds in our front garden before I massacred the shrubs

Our back garden is north-facing but on a slope, so gets plenty of sun in the spring and summer.

Our patio in the height of summer

It starts off with a shaded patio and overgrown toolshed, then you go up curved steps to a lawn which has been destroyed this year by our trampoline and resident Guinea pigs, Nibbles and Gracie.

Our toolshed needs a haircut

More steps lead up to more terraces – we have a lot of crumbling terracing; a jungle of fruit trees including a huge fig we have nicknamed The Whomping Willow after Harry Potter; a sandpit which is popular with the local cats and another large shed.

Our own personal jungle

I have a clear vision but it is going to take some time to achieve. In the meantime, I am putting to use my RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture by planting a glorious jumble of flowers and vegetables (hence the name of the blog).

I am also lucky enough to volunteer in the garden at nearby Charleston farmhouse one day a week, where I am learning lots of skills and gaining ideas for my own garden.

The beautiful garden at Charleston in midsummer

This blog also talks about inspiring gardens we have visited, some of my favourite gardening books and gardening projects I’ve tried with my kids (when I can persuade them away from screens and outdoors) or as my husband aka Mr Carrot likes to call it “Forcing kids to dig dirt.”

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter as @wildecarrot

I have enjoyed gardening since an early age – no one forced me to dig dirt!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Gillian says:

    What a lovely introduction to your garden and blog Ciar. I am looking forward to reading more. It’s so true that gardens are good our well being. Gardening makes me happy I am sure of that!

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  2. Ali says:

    Gorgeous pics and descriptions of your garden. It looks like a lovely place to be.

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    1. Thank you Ali – needs updating as has changed already.

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  3. Helen says:

    Great that you can get your kids off their screens and into the garden. Looks like you’ve got lots of space in your gardens to play with!

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    1. Oh believe me they love their screens but I do my best to tempt them outdoors 🌱

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  4. Charleston Farmhouse is one of my favorites too!

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