Welcome to 'The Tenacious Gardener' blog where I attempt to blether about my trials, tribulations and successes of gardening in the harsh Scottish Highlands.
I live on 4 acres of wild gorse filled land with my husband, twin daughters, 4 dogs, 13 hens and various birds of prey.
I really don't know where my love of gardening started. I remember mum & dad growing veg when I was a kid but it never really captured my attention back then.
I had my first experience of a garden just after the twins were born but I kept the garden strictly as lawns with the odd border.
We then moved to a house with large gardens and that's when I started wanting to make the garden look pretty but with a houseful of Great Danes and GSD's I had no hope of keeping it looking pretty.
In November 2003 we moved to the Scottish Highlands with the intention of renovating a derelict croft type house and living mortgage free. The garden here is fairly new as we've only lived in the new house for a little over a year and the garden has been (and still is to some extent) a building site.
I've now been growing veg here for just 4 years so I am in no way an expert (as my yields - or lack of - will testify to) but I carry on learning and persevering year after year - tenacious as ever!
I have more experience with flower gardening but have found that living in the Highlands of Scotland in an exposed area slap bang next to the North Sea Coast has demanded that I forget about many of the blousy plants I enjoyed in England and acquaint myself with hardier, more durable species.
As a builders wife it was only a matter of time before I grabbed hold of an electric drill and am now never more happy than when I'm cutting, hammering and painting everything and anything I need for the garden from compost tumblers to wishing wells to garden sheds. Most of the materials I use are scrap I've collected or spare stuff I've borrowed from the hubby - I recycle as much as I can when it comes to making goodies for the garden.
So thank you for stopping by The Tenacious Gardener and I hope you will follow me as I build this blog into a hive of information.