My local horticultural society's Autumn show is always held the week after I return from my family holiday. It forces me to confront my garden, flops and all to see what's worth showing. I went out this week in search of prize winning entries and found the weeds have taken [...]
This week I visited two fabulous gardens in Yorkshire, bringing back ideas for my own garden and some lovely lavender plants. Helmsley Walled Garden and Yorkshire Lavender are a few miles apart, both an assault on the senses but in very different ways.
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.
The sunshine returned yesterday for midsummer day. Well watered from over a week of rainfall the plants (and weeds) look fresh and bursting with vigour and growth. Here are my pick of the best of midsummer plants in my garden, including peonies, sweet peas, roses, tomatoes and a stunning border and container annuals.
A year ago I was scouring the books to find ideas for greenhouse plants to grow in my dream new glasshouse. Much of the greenhouse is given over to raising plants from seed or cuttings, but as a plant lover I thought it could also be a destination - a [...]
The garden really revs up in June but it can still take a while for some of the herbaceous perennials to get to full height or flowering stage. Having some tall border plants in the garden really adds depth and interest. Here are some of my favourite tall border plants [...]