The Haphazard Gardener has been in the 'writing' since 2002, when, whilst convalescing from major surgery, I began to write about my beautiful garden in Sussex. Pieces of prose, thoughts about the garden, poems, were all part of my daily writing life for several weeks, whilst others worked in the garden on my behalf. March 2003 found me hospitalised once more, yet still I 'crutched' my way around the garden with my first visitors of the new season.
The late Rosemary Verey, a family friend had suggested in 1990, that I wrote a daily journal about the garden and the jobs that need to be done. This I did from then onwards and it is from these journals, the bones of the book took shape.