Welcome to Sarah Raven's blog
What do you wear when you're gardening?
It's getting chilly outside, and we're thinking about quite what to wear in the colder months out in the garden.
An Apple a Day
Summer days spent on the beach and fabulous seafood meals now seem like a distant dream. It's incredible how things change in just a few short weeks!
The garden at Ostler's Cottage
I just wanted to share a few snaps of the gorgeous garden I had the pleasure of staying next to on holiday last week! It's quite rare to stumble across...
Purple Plenty: Foraging for Blackberries and Sloes
What a fabulous year it has been so far for hedgerow foraging! Unlike last year, when it seemed that they would never ripen, both the blackberries and...
Fowl among flowers
Back garden poultry keeping in Britain has seen a huge increase during the past 5 years. I've kept chickens since I was 6, as soon as I could talk...
A walk around Cliffe Garden
It’s always interesting and inspiring to look around other people’s gardens – you can see tried and tested plant combinations, get ideas...
Dahlias and Nasturtiums with Bottled Garden Tomatoes
August has been a flaming June kind of month, with beautiful sunny days and hot nights; but, I can definitely feel the “nip” of September...
Behind the Scenes at Perch Hill: Part 2
Last week I spent two blissful days at Perch Hill... filming more videos with Sarah, and helping out with the open day.
Heartfelt Emotion: The Language of Flowers
I went to a talk at the RHS Lindley Library about the language of flowers. The talk was given by Dr Brent Elliott, formerly the librarian of the RHS and...
Cooking with Seaweed
One of the great joys of spending time at the beach is observing the changes of tide and weather over a month. The influence of the moon very rapidly...
The Leftovers Garden
While admiring some rough grass in a show garden at Hampton Court last month, I noticed a neat and dapper person, watering away.
Leaving my mothers garden
We have lived at Mill yard cottage for a year now. My mum has owned it since before I was born and while we lived at another property with a far larger...
I don’t know about you, but I get a little lazy on the veg plot this time of year. I can’t help this. After all the graft of spring and early...
Ladies in Lavender
I have never been to Provence. I have seen some beautiful photos of the lavender fields there though, and this weekend I visited the next best thing -...
Maximising the vase-life of your cut flowers
So, a super-practical post here! A lot of people ask me how to increase the vase life of the flowers they cut from their gardens
Sandcastles and Sandwiches - Seaside Picnic Ideas
My post for this month could not be more topical as Britain basks in a heat wave that has lasted for several weeks now and that promises to continue for...
Easy perennials for pollinators
The classic British cottage garden is largely based upon perennial herbaceous planting. Within this group are, as we all know, some absolute show stoppers.
Dimanche En Bretagne
Summer is such a fleeting time. We have spent weeks, if not months anticipating it, at long last it has arrived, with heat, sun, and...
Summer Photo Competition 2013
The theme for our new photo competition is ‘Summer in the Garden’, so set free your creative side and take a photograph that you...
Lucy Auge Illustrates from Plot to Page
My name is Lucy Auge. I am an illustrator by trade, but gardening enthusiast in my free time.
Getting to Know my Garden
Finding old shards of pottery amongst the plants as I dug over a flowerbed last week, I thought about the number of people before me that must have done...
A Delicious Rhubarb Crumble Slice
I clearly remember the dread I felt as a child when my mother would announce that we were having rhubarb and apple crumble for pudding.
As Busy as a Bee
One of the sounds I always associate with summer is the soft gentle buzzing of bees, as they gather pollen from flowers. Sadly it is a sound heard less...
Philadelphus…also known as Mock Orange
Philadelphus is a wonderful addition to a garden and also to a hand-tied bouquet.
Oriental Poppies - My very own garden flamingos!
As a child all I wanted was a flock of flamingos! Of course unless you happen to be a millionaire or know a curator of a private zoo the chances...
The Picking Garden
I've always loved the idea of a picking garden, an area devoted to flowers grown to be harvested without fear of depleting the main garden's blooms.
Herb Rescue & Strawberry Salad
Creating a herb garden was top of my gardening to-do list this spring. Fresh herbs are an easy way to lift the flavour of many summer dishes and are so...
The Colour Purple
Back in the autumn I wrote a blogpost here about alliums. Happily, looking out at my garden this morning, I stand by every enthusiastic word –...
Old Roses, Summer Berries & A Teddy Bear's Picnic!
For June I was going to share a new British berry recipe, as June is the start of the raspberry and strawberry season, and as well as eating them straight...
Back in the town where I grew up, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, there is a garden that has opened up at the hospital there... Horatio’s Garden is named...
I've written before (here and here) about my love of the flowers that grow on our roadside verges. It's rare that I get out of the
Baby Lewis in the Herb Garden
He’s growing like a weed, and sometimes as sulky as my squash plants in this mild weather.
Summer's First Harvest
Today I collected the very first harvest from our allotment. A simple harvest of salad leaves that brings me more joy than any wealth could hold.
Peonies…stunning blousy blooms
When we moved into our new house four years ago, I was so happy to see that there was a peony plant already established in the garden.
Photographing Plants at Kew
While browsing the website for Kew a Creative Plants Photography course caught my eye starting in just a few days. Luckily there was a place...
The Hebridean Garden
The smaller gardens at Chelsea were the ones to linger over last week. I have a thing about tweed so I went over to the Hebridean Weaver's Garden hoping...
Elder Trees and Blackberries
When we have one of those unusual sunny days, in amongst the showers, I try to take my camera with me and photograph the local flora and fauna.
A Spring Bounty – British Strawberries and Asparagus
I am a big fan of all things seasonal – I look forward to each season with great anticipation...as some produce goes out of season it is replaced...
The cutting patch in spring
This has, by and large, been a pretty chilly spring. Add to that wild, windy and wet at the moment - not the ideal conditions for the cutting patch in...
The New York High Line
Desperately in need of a break from my kids and their nearly four weeks of Easter holidays, I booked a trip to New York City. Alone.
Behind the Scenes at Perch Hill: Part 1
At the end of April I had the blissful pleasure of visiting Perch Hill... I went for 2 reasons: firstly to do some videoing for our YouTube channel with...
How to grow Cavolo Nero
Have you ever thought of growing Cavolo Nero? This leafy green is a staple in many an Italian meal, but is also perfect to grow in our climate.
A Spring Nature Trail
As soon as she came home from school yesterday my youngest daughter (4 years old) told me that she wanted to ‘go and find nature things’....
Recipes with Wild Fennel and Rosemary
Our Spring Holiday in Brittany went in a flash. Despite the cool weather and freezing winds we managed to walk the dog every day on the beach and...