Blackpitts then Blackpitts now Gosh. America. The good old US of A. Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, etc. etc. I am delighted to be able to move amongst you discerning readers of Fine Gardening, spreading light news from across the oceans, a sprinkling of compost and general garden jollity. Thank you very much for the invitation. I suppose this first post should explain to you who, what and why I am here. I am a garden designer, journalist, lecturer, occasional broadcaster and blogger based in England. I live with my wife and three large children (who are of an age where they are seldom here) in a house we built on the site of an old farmyard in Northamptonshire. That was then... And this is now. It is about an acre in size with lots of borders that brim, buzz and fettle with colour. We also have an orchard and share a vegetable garden with my mother-in-law. So that is about the long and short of it: you now know (almost) everything. I am sure more details will trickle out as we get to know each other better. Over on this side of the pond we like to think that we have been gardening for longer than anybody (which is manifestly untrue if you factor in the Assyrians, Chinese, Japanese, Babylonian, Romans, Greeks and many other civilisations) and it is definitely a compulsion which affects a lot of Brits. This is helped by the fact that we do have a remarkably tolerant climate with lots of rain, no deserts and not much to speak of in the way of snow. We can grow lots of things and we have gardens of great variety from grand Downton-Abbey-type estates to little back yards in the middle of cities. I will be writing for your regularly and will use those bulletins to fill you in on insights into British gardening life. The practical, the eccentric, the mundane, the edible, the decorative and the staggeringly lovely. Please tag along for the ride. View the discussion thread.