Category Archives: In an English Country Garden

Unemployed? underemployed or just have a yearning for home grown flowers, fruits, veggies and eggs. Forced into early retirement, one grandad teaches his grandchildren the every day chores associated with working towards a healthier life style. Priceless!
Written by guest writer Ian Whitehall exclusively for Little Brit More!

April Garden Calendar Huntsville Alabama …zone 7.

Wow what a month March has shown it’s self to be. 76f-26f in 24 hours and then a whole lot more variables on days when you least expect! This is N Alabama so thunder, lightening and tornado warnings thrown in the mix…Days in the hammock basking in sunshine and other days curled up the chair in front of a log burning fire with a book and some hot chocolate!

Dec / Jan Garden

I think many people assume that in the colder months all things garden are dormant. I spent yesterday working in the yard and could and will add several more days in the next few weeks, doing the same.

Cleaning out and clearing up.

Yesterday I pruned roses, cleared dead plants, trimmed back dormant shrubs (that were not dependent on existing  bud). a total of three very large bags.

Wish you were here

img_5115.jpgI would love to know what you’d think and say about how the kids have grown, what they’ve become, who they remind you of, how important they are to you.  I’d like to share my garden with you, though I know just the thought of this heat would make your skin crawl. I wonder what you’d think of America, where I am in my life, all the obstacles I’ve dealt with to get this far. Most of all, I hope you are looking down and know that we are happy,  that you would be pleased for us and with us.

Let the healing begin

img_5164-1.jpgWe begin year eight at an English cottage garden in the Deep South. Created one day at a time….by the hands of my amazing husband. Extremely personal… I can feel the love each time I step out, come rain, shine, whatever. Six months into my recovery, this place has given me immense joy. So privileged to call this home.

Tudor style bird house

img_5012-1.jpgThis lovely birdhouse was made in the style of the listed buildings in my hometown of Shrewsbury,UK. Made for me by my friend Wilette Beasley Johnson, who has only seen pictures of where I come from. Hours upon hours of work. An amazing gift, an amazing talent. Thank you!

Dry river beds

April showers brought May flowers




Siberian iris and white rosebuds. Home grown


Lady banks rose coming into bloom

Spring was slow to start but it’s here now!