A Little Bit About Me

 

My name is Louise Curley and I’m a freelance writer and stylist with a passion for plants whether they’re growing in my garden, on my allotment or in the countryside.

I’m a great believer in the power of nature to transform our lives whether that’s a walk in a local wood, digging up home-grown potatoes or marvelling at a patch of wild flowers on the daily commute. In a world where it feels like humans are doing their very best to damage our incredible planet and where our connections with the natural world are being increasingly eroded nurturing your own plants is one of the best ways to feel like you’re doing something constructive to care for our environment.

And why Wellywoman? Well, I’m happiest when I’m in my wellies. If I’m wearing my trusty green boots it means I’m either in my garden surrounded by plants, at my allotment growing tasty fruit, veg and beautiful cut flowers or walking in the gorgeous countryside around my home. For some women, they’re happiest when their feet are ensconced in a pair of expensive Manolo Blahniks or Christian Louboutins, for me it’s a pair of mud-splattered wellies.

When I’m not sowing, picking flowers or digging up spuds I’m writing about plants. My first book The Cut Flower Patch was voted The Garden Media Guild’s ‘Best Practical Gardening Book of 2014′. I wanted to show that it’s possible to grow lots of cut flowers for your home even if you don’t have a lot of space. Based on my own experience of devoting a few beds on my allotment to cut flowers it’s a guide on how to grow, pick and arrange, with beautiful photographs from award-winning photographer Jason Ingram.

My new book - The Cut Flower Patch

 

My second book The Crafted Garden is to be published in 2015.

The Crafted Garden

 

This book brings together my passions of growing, crafting and nature. Project-based it takes you through the seasons with ideas on how to use plants you can grow in your garden, in containers or on your allotment to decorate your home or to make gifts for friends and family.

I write for the gardening section of The Guardian and for a variety of garden magazines including Gardeners’ World, The Garden – the magazine of The Royal Horticultural Society, Grow Your Own, Garden Answers and The English Garden.

Examples of my writing include:

The Guardian – A celebration of sweet violets

The Guardian – Let biennials plug the gap

Examples of styling include:

The Crafted Garden

A spring project – The Crafted Garden

The Crafted Garden

The Crafted Garden

If you would like to contact me (other than posting a comment) please send a message to sweetpealou@hotmail.com and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

24 thoughts on “A Little Bit About Me”

  1. Dear Wellywoman,
    Thanks for your kind comments about our mail order organic plants. I’d just like to add that they are grown in peat-free compost.
    Happy Gardening,
    Jill Vaughan
    Delfland Nurseries Organic plants by post

  2. My wellies are a serviceable black. Bought in horror just after we moved into our new house, and it threatened to sail off to sea. Two years of winter floods, now gravel paths and kinder winters have put the wellies into hibernation.

    Tomorrow’s post I’ll bring you sunny South Africa.

  3. You look so at home in your wellies – used to love mine and the ease of slipping them on (though not off for some reason). Have not worn wellies since volunteering for a gardening charity – the health and saftey gremlins have left me with the horrors of a fork pranged through my toe or a spade that slipped.

  4. everydaylifeinrecovery said:

    It took me a few minutes to figure out what “wellies” were, but I love your blog site and now I know what wellies are!!

  5. I am glad I have just found your blog as we have just taken on an allotment and your posts have been really interesting and helpful.

    Kate x

    • Thanks Kate. I’m certainly no expert but I’m pleased to hear that some of things I’ve picked up might help others. A lot of it is about trying things and not getting disheartened if they don’t work, which can be hard. WW x

  6. I love your green wellies. Style and comfort.

  7. Morning! I’m nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award which I’ll publish in a moment. You dont need to do anything, its just to say I like your blog!

  8. Dear Wellywoman,

    your photos are beautiful!
    May I use one of Sissinghurst Garden in our Swiss magazine? We have environmental themes.

    Best wishes, Stefanie

  9. Melissa Hawkins said:

    Dear WellyWoman,

    What is the best way to get in contact with you? I work for Woman’s Weekly website and would like to chat to you :)

    Let me know
    Thanks
    Melissa

  10. Matthew Collett said:

    Hey Welly Woman.
    I am hugely impressed that you’ve been recommended to me by Amazon!
    Hope your well.
    Book is ordered.
    Matt.

  11. Carol Derby said:

    Dear Louise,
    I have a copy of your wonderful book The Cut Flower Patch which is already looking somewhat dog eared as it travels everywhere with me! My tiny garden has had a revamp in order to accommodate my own cut flower patch. I have tried very hard but failed to get hold of the beautiful salmon pink Dahlia ‘Yvonne’ featured in the book. Do you happen to know where I can get it please?
    Thank you.

    Carol Derby

  12. have you seen the newly restored (in Summer 2014) walled kitchen garden at Hampton Court. I get to walk through it nearly every Wed (lucky me) http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/stories/palacehighlights/KitchenGarden

  13. So glad I’ve just found your blog. I really want to grow some cut flowers this year on my allotment, but my boyfriend reckons it’ll be expensive to buy seeds and things? Can I persuade him otherwise? :-)

    • Hi! I’m really pleased you want to grow cut flowers on your allotment. It shouldn’t be any more expensive than the vegetables you’re already growing on your plot. And if you have an allotment I assume you have pots, seed trays etc anyway. Perhaps there’s someone you know who would like to do it too, then you could share the cost of the seeds. The annuals I included in my book are all easy to grow and easy to find in most garden centres. It’s so much cheaper than buying flowers throughout the summer. More importantly though it’s fun. For the price of a couple of bottles of wine and a trip to the cinema you could have flowers to pick all summer long. Hope you get to grow your flowers. :)

  14. Jacqui Reith said:

    I’ve just discovered your blog whilst searching Daucus carota Black Knight. I have grown this plant from seed bought in the UK and it is just starting to flower very prettily here in my garden in Dunedin, New Zealand! You have a great blog. I would love to be added to your email list. Thankyou! :)

  15. Hi There,

    My name is Nick. I represent Camminare UK. Camminare manufactures EVA wellington boots. Is there any other way i can contact you to discuss our product with you to see if you would review it?

    Many Thanks

  16. Karina Rickards said:

    I have bought your book last year and has been so educational. I now have a cut flower garden and thanks to your book I have managed to fill vases after vases with my own cut flowers. It is still a learning curve but so rewarding when out in the garden snipping away beautiful blooms on a sunny morning. Thank you Welly women! Karina x

    • Hi Karina, Thank you for getting in touch. I’m so pleased you’ve found the book helpful and you’re enjoying picking your own home-grown flowers. Hope you have another bountiful year. x

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