This is by way of introducing myself. I'm 47 and live in West Yorkshire. I've been a bit of a gardening
nut for years and find it amongst the most relaxing things to do. When I'm in the garden I'm not thinking about anything else, just getting on with whatever is at hand. I have to confess to being more of a plantaholic than a true gardener, I'm constantly going 'Oh, that looks interesting, I wonder how you grow it, what it looks like through the year etc.' and so end up finding a home for all sorts at the expense of a garden plan. I think I've calmed down a bit over the years but my garden is best described as cottage garden/informal (very :-) ) in which I act as a referee. I love herbaceous perennials, especially the older English ( or at least ones that have been in England for a longtime ) plants such as cranesbills, spurge, hellebores, lavanders and campanulas. It's not a patriotic thing it's just that they're food sources the local wildlife is used so I get lots of birds, frogs, newts, hedgehogs, squirrels and foxes which is a nice thing in a suburb of a city.
This year I've just got an allotment - it's really neglected so I've dug out a bit and am sheeting over the rest for the year. I'm new to vegetable growing so would appreciate any advice going, it's safe to assume near total ignorance on my part. So far new potatos, onions, asparagus artichokes and a herb bed seem to be doing well.
The community looks great, lots of really friendly and helpful people form all over the place and I love some of the photographs.
So once again hello to you all