Helen Billiald

Writer, plant nut

Thisnthat: Great Dixter Friends Evening

When it comes to visiting Great Dixter I always feel like an eight-year-old waking up to the first day of school holidays. Long may that feeling continue. Saturday evening was … Continue reading

22 July, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thisnthat: Newborn path

The walled garden path has taken many months and aching muscles to bring to life. So I’m having fun looking back over its birth…

10 May, 2013 · 2 Comments

Thisnthat: Shaking off the doldrums

A quick check and it appears that my last post was written six weeks ago. Shameful. To those asking whether I’ve sailed for warmer climes… nope. I’ve quite enjoyed experiencing winter again, although … Continue reading

14 April, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thisnthat: The promise in seeds

I’m writing this with a hot water bottle clasped to my chest and a hundred seed packets strewn across the study floor. For explanation, the boiler is kaput and my … Continue reading

16 February, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thisnthat: On treading lightly

Much of the past couple of months has been spent looking at my feet. I think it reflects the fact that I’m more plantsperson than designer. Long before we moved … Continue reading

6 November, 2012 · Leave a comment

Thisnthat: Jekka’s Herb Farm Open Day

It doesn’t feel like I’ve been away for four years. One year perhaps, maybe even a couple of winters. But four? Not a chance. Then something happens to bring my absence … Continue reading

9 September, 2012 · 1 Comment

Thisnthat: Show fix

On Saturday I attended my first English flower show in four years. A milestone that surely deserves a celebratory post. The manner of my attendance was a little different to that of … Continue reading

6 September, 2012 · 2 Comments

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