Why do I paint and why do I garden?
'When a painting goes badly, it makes me weep - but when it goes well, I feel alive. I still play the piano better than I paint, but the important thing is that I don't play the piano as well as I did when I was 20, whereas I paint better than I did last year.
Gardening is like painting, very slowly, and with even less control. There are 3 gardens featured in this site. Crescent Lane, which, sadly isn't mine any more, but gave me huge pleasure and was responsible for getting me into gardening. It still feels part of my life, because I have some of its plants and many of their descendants in Wiltshire and Brittany. My French garden, Kerlaouen in Brittany, is a garden that teaches me to let go and not be in control. I can't, because I'm not there for half the year. It's a good life lesson! My third garden is Burton Grange, which was a totally blank canvas in 2013 and is now emerging."