Back bed in June: evolution, imagination and irrigation

A look at the continuing progress to build a "woodland floor" planting in my shady back bed.

Back bed with sarcococca 'winter gem' and heucherella 'Alabama sunrise' added

A parental donation of plants

A generous donation of plants from the parental garden.

Acanthus mollis moved to the side bed

So I started gardening, part 3: the front bed

A look at the state of my sunniest flowerbed on "day one" of my gardening adventures.

Front bed - removed all the wannabe trees

So I started gardening, part 2: the side bed and a survey of 'weeds'

A look at my side bed and a survey of all the 'weeds' that have thrived during the several years of neglect.

Side bed - before

So I started gardening, part 1: the back bed

A look at the unpromising back bed on day 1 of my gardening journey: dry, shady, and choked with dead leaves and/or ivy and/or wannabe-trees.

Back bed - before

Carbuncle Cup - the annual circus of architectural luddism

Another year, another Carbuncle Cup shortlist, and another set of evidence that this award has pretty much lost all credibility as a genuine spotlight on the "worst building", and is quite obviously now just an exercise in bashing contemporary styles.

For a web guy, I've got a pretty rubbish website, part 2

In which I ramble for a while about some projects I'm working on which will hopefully be pretty cool, except they're not done yet, which is less cool.

For a web guy, I've got a pretty rubbish website, part 1

Lately I've been applying for jobs, and as a web guy, I've been rather on the fence about including this website on my CV. It's usually on there, because it would be easily googled anyway, but I'm slightly aware that it's not really doing me any favours.

So here, with an obvious eye on potential-employer-readers, is a little rambling on the topic. Here's hoping that if I can't have an amazing website, a few words on how and why this website is kind of rubbish, revealing along the way a bit of my approach to "web stuff" - specifying and gathering requirements, information architecture, technical choices and so on - may prove at least a different kind of professionally convincing.

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