Maddie & Iris Huggins | Vogue stylist & her daughter
East Devon| UK| June 2012
“I love Spring for all the new shoots, Summer for the glory days, Autumn for the harvest and Winter because nothing ever really dies…” more words below images
Our garden is enclosed by old flint walls on two sides and is about 100 yards from the house. We have completely fenced the open sides with 6ft high deer fencing and buried the mesh in the ground to keep rabbits out too. Its sunny and south facing and covers about 150 square metres.
I garden with my daughter Iris and during summer we are out there most days – even if it’s only for 10 minutes. Whilst Iris and I harvest and potter my husband David and my son Dan play soccer on the other side of the fence.
When we moved into the house the garden area was neglected and covered in 6ft high brambles. We got a digger in to clear them and I started the garden itself 3 years ago.
Iris likes to eat most things straight from the garden without cooking – peas, broad beans, raspberries, blackberries, peaches and carrots. Usually most things grow well but my squashes were all eaten by snails this year.
My sister gave me a very useful device – I don’t know what its called but it is a long piece of string with a metal spike at each end. Its great for helping me to sow in neat lines, finally my rows of veg are straight and look very professional. It would be very easy to make one yourself.
The greatest pleasure is harvesting produce and being out in the garden with Iris. For me early evening is the best time – its when I do my thinking!
My dad is a great inspiration to me as a gardener along with Dan Pearson and Beth Chatto. I think the secret to successful gardening is to not be afraid, rather to change whatever you want and to move whatever you want.
My highest gardening moment so far would have to be seeing us as a family having dinner with all the vegetables home grown – fantastic!
I think you just have to ‘try try and try’ again when it comes to gardening – it gives me sanity, and vegetables!!