Love gardening? I do.

Gardening and writing have been passions since childhood. I crafted my first article – a football match report – for the launch of my primary school newspaper and I began growing things by helping my mother plant Mesembryanthemum or Livingstone daisies – now there’s a plant that’s fallen out of fashion.

I’ve been lucky enough to combine the two interests for the past 19 years as a Cotswold-based gardening journalist for newspapers and magazines, writing on everything from glorious open gardens to how to grow leeks.

Whenever I get a chance, I’m in my garden, waging war on the slugs, snails, horsetail, bindweed and other foes, picking the fruit and veg I love to grow, spotting the first bloom on a favourite plant or simply enjoying being outside.

Read my articles on open gardens, interviews with passionate growers giving tips, reviews of the best books on gardening and using your produce. I also hunt out those special nurseries, take a look at the top flower shows and tell you what’s happening in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

For snippets, observations and asides, follow me on Twitter or on Facebook and for more pictures see my Instagram account.