Welcome to my blog!

Photo by Cathy Cunliffe

Hi! I’m Sel, and I started this blog to share my love of plants and gardening. I have always felt a very close connection to plants. I grew up in Jordan and later in England (my parents were adventurous expats) and spent most of my time outside, collecting wildflowers in Kent for my flower press, or exploring the olive groves and wild places of Jordan. Maybe this unusual upbringing is what makes me nostalgic – for what? Simpler times maybe, and a closer connection with nature. Sustainability and respect for the natural world is at the heart of my gardening. I really believe that through gardening we can become better custodians of the natural world, and find so much positivity in caring for our environment and everything that lives in it.

My garden is a small-ish town garden on the edge of Brussels, bordering onto the wonderful beech trees of the Foret de Soignes. I love to grow fruit, veg and herbs; encourage wildlife; garden sustainably; play around with plants in the hope of finding that winning combo every now and then; keep chickens (three Pekin bantams – great for gardens as they aren’t too destructive!) and that sort of thing.

I’m so crazy about plants that I’ve decided to up my game and do some horticultural training. I’m currently studying with the RHS (the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society) for their Certificate in Horticulture. I also teach a series of workshops on growing plants and veg. I offer Zoom classes so you can join from anywhere in the world, as well as in person workshops in Brussels, Belgium. If you’d like to learn more you can sign up right here.

I hope you’ll enjoy my blog!  

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