I have never seen popcorn still on the cobb before but while I was at Chanticleer I saw it. They grow a different crop each year in their Serpentine garden and this past summer it was popcorn. I have to say I had never thought about it other than a snack food. I am going to cook it with new eyes now. It really is a corn.


The boy

I was very happy to come home to find the November issue of Gardens Illustrated and see that it was the issue with Jonny in it, what a star. Go out and get a copy for yourself.



It is great to be home, to see my little dogs who are looking very well and have not left my side today. The vegetable garden is looking great I have to say, my friend Ellie has come in once a week and made sure that things are in good order, she has done a great job. I was very happy to see we have a very good row of fennel out there, it will be useful for the symposium next week.


Thank you

A big thank you to all my friends in the USA who made my trip so special. I really had a great time and enjoyed catching up with you all. It is great to see as a vegetable gardener just how much people enjoy learning about growing vegetables. I am looking forward to getting home and seeing how the dogs are doing and what is going on in the garden. I have some new ideas for the next growing season. Winter is on it way, make sure you are ready.


24 hours

I am happy to be spending my last 24 hours in the U.S visiting friends at Chanticleer gardens. The thing that I am reminded most of here is that you can be a world-class garden and still have a sence of fun, it is all round you when you visit this garden. It is also good to see how well St David is doing in the vegetable garden, it looks great and is still eaten from.



It was good to be in the country for the weekend. My break is going to end on Wednesday and then it is time to get back to the garden and get things ready for winter digging. I am looking forward to see my little dogs again. image


I am feeling like a New Yorker this weekend. I have come out of the city. We got the train up to a friend’s place on Friday afternoon and then drove an hour and a half yesterday to see other friends. The fall colour is perfect and so a perfect weekend to be out of the city looking around. I am also feeling very rested today, I just want to sleep now.