Sweet peas come in a bamboozling range of colour, scent, patterning and shape. How do you decide which ones to buy for home, garden or exhibition?
This year, in old-fashioned tradition, I set out to make a Christmas wreath using only greenery from the garden. With a frugality that Scrooge would be proud of, this Victorian approach is also thoroughly modern. The wreath is fully compostable and plastic free.
July sees my sweet peas in full bloom. If you're looking to choose some sweet peas to grow - here are my top six varieties from this year. All have long straight stems, good colour and strong scent and look great in the garden as well as in a vase.
Easter is one of my favourite times of year for flower arranging. The flowers available are more limited than in the summer but what is there is pretty, diminutive and symbolic of spring. Tea cup arrangements that use small amounts of flower and foliage are a great idea at this time of year as you're unlikely to want to denude your garden too much in search of floristry material
Dahlias are beautiful flowers to bring into the home, adding a touch of late summer or autumnal opulence with minimal effort on your part. Here I share four stunning but simple techniques using dahlias and describe how to grow them in any sized garden.
It's Dahlia a-go-go in my garden at the moment and these blowsy beauties are providing sought after late summer colour. I've not featured six of one type of plant in previous Six on Saturdays, but with my garden overflowing with dahlias, this is the week. I'm growing almost twenty types [...]
Having a lovely cup of tea in my favourite mug whilst walking the garden is the best thing about returning from holiday. For some reason though I am always slightly nervous about what I will find in the garden. It's only when you go away for a bit, even a [...]
Last night we finally had some rain and just stepping out into the garden this morning made me feel happy as the air felt fresh. A keen breeze was blowing the trees, a cool one, in stark contrast to the "hairdryer on low setting" breeze we've had for over a [...]
These beautiful flowers in pastel shades work well together and unplanned happen to be blooming at the same time in my garden. Here I tell you what they are and show you how simple it is to arrange them in a vase with no fuss or equipment. I also describe [...]