A Brit abroad with a garden

Welcome to my blog!

I have a little garden on the outskirts of Brussels where I spend as much time as I can spare enjoying my plants and growing some fruit and veg. For many years, leading the typically unsettled and noncommittal life of the expat, I didn’t have my own garden. Now that I do have my own patch of earth to play with, I am a happy bunny. I wouldn’t mind a few more acres of course, and I have yet to meet a gardener who has enough space, so I think I am not alone there. As well as gardening, I enjoy taking photos of nature and wildlife, going for bike rides or walks in the forest, and cooking good, wholesome food. I call myself The Nostalgic Gardener because I do miss home (which for me is Kent, England), but like a plant that comes from a far-flung corner but finds itself in an unexpected new home, I try to thrive in this foreign soil.

Where is my garden?

In Brussels, Belgium. A small-ish town garden but a stone’s throw from a beautiful and ancient forest of beech trees, the Sonian Forest. 

Beech trees in the forest

What is my gardening style?

I am fully signed up to organic gardening, I try to be as wildlife friendly as possible and mix in some fruit and veg into the space that is available (pretty small, a rasied bed with an extension and a few stray veg in the flower borders – but it’s surprising what you can do). I love the cottage garden style, but I also like experimenting with other ideas. It’s hard to stick to one style when there are so many tempting plants out there – I am sure you know what I mean!

Borage, loved by bees
Front path in May, in the Cottage Garden style