Hello and Welcome


This new blog comes to you under the auspices of ‘Dobies of Devon’ by whom I am already engaged to write a monthly e-newsletter, and now weekly postings on this blog. Everyone on the team decided that a single monthly communication could not convey as much useful information as we would like to do, and so this ‘gardening companion’ has come into being. It will incorporate a number of garden-related topics – not just activities within the garden, but out and about, introducing you to places to visit.


ideas and inspiration can be gained when visiting gardens large and small – take a notebook and camera with you; also a sketchbook if you are that way inclined

Apart from gardening topics, we’ll be listing and reviewing some of my long-term favourite gardening books including inspirational new titles as published; and also venturing into the kitchen to offer you mouthwatering recipes from my Cotswold farmhouse collection.

making chutney last Autumn in my Cotswold farmhouse kitchen

Maybe you have ‘happened’ upon this post and are not already a regular Dobies e-newsletter reader; you may not even yet have discovered Dobies of Devon. They have been supplying flower and vegetable seeds direct to gardeners since 1880 and additionally now offer a vast range of excellent quality plants, fruit trees, bulbs and much else besides. Click on the Dobies link above and you can request a free catalogue and find out more about many of their other online services. You can also register for the monthly free e-newsletter, and access past editions. What’s more, Dobies offer substantial discounts to allotment groups and gardening societies plus a similar scheme for schools and colleges; registration is free via the newsletter.

an immaculate Gloucestershire allotment

an immaculate Gloucestershire allotment

So, whether you are an experienced gardener, or new to the gardening community, keen and raring to go – we have much to share with you. And we welcome your comments; indeed we thrive on them! But above all else, we want you to gain the maximum possible enjoyment from your garden, and this blog. So please bookmark us, keep visiting and by all means share our meanderings with your gardening friends.

(This post written by contributor, Ann Somerset Miles.)