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 [...]
I am growing a number of pelargoniums in pots. They add interest to the bright porch area of my greenhouse , gathered in a little huddle. I will also dot them around the garden during the summer and use them as outside table decorations. Here I share six of my [...]
Meadows are great for welcoming wildlife to the garden and the lax mowing regime allows flowers to thrive in grass that wouldn't ordinarily survive. These include orchids and snakes-head fritillaries and more common varieties such as Ox-eye daisies and buttercups. All are welcome in my meadow area.
I've got so much to talk about this week that it's hard to limit myself to six things. Much is growing well and my mind is fizzing with new ideas of things to change in the garden. My father had an amusing little phrase to deploy when we expected too [...]
It's springtime and I'm feeling fruity. This week I'm taking you on a tour of my garden to find evidence of future fruits, including nectarines, plums, grapes, melons, raspberries and rhubarb.
Spring is all about yellow for me. It is the main accent colour in all corners of my garden right now. The last three days have seen no sunshine at all where I live. I find the cloud cover oppressive, which is why a revere yellow. On dull days it glows and on sunny days it shines.