Wood Anemones light up the floor of deciduous woodlands in March and April with starry constellations of pure white or pink tinged blooms. The flowers are lifted above a shaggy carpet of lush green leaves, an emerald sky to the white star flowers. This is not a flower I was [...]
This week I set about building a rockery - set to be the stage for some rock star alpines. I also plant some new woodland plants and collect seeds from a magnolia.
For the first time this year I have ripe fruits on my magnolia kobus tree. Growing magnolia trees from seed is a long game, and an uncertain one. The tree has gifted me seeds so I'm giving it a go. Here's how I prepared the seeds for planting next spring.
This week I bought some ferns for my woodland garden. Evergreen or deciduous, frilly or flat leaved, acid green or moss-coloured I hadn't realised how diverse they are. Some named after feathers and other lace, here are my favourite six.
A busy week in the garden has seen the pond finished, a froggy staircase built, more parts of the woodland cleared, a mini stumpery started and some bonsai training.
It's autumn and friends are asking me what I am doing in the garden - am I putting it to bed for the winter? If my garden is a theatre show then far from closing the curtain and packing the props away, autumn is all about rebuilding the stage and [...]
I've been making progress on this neglected area to create a new woodland garden. Here I describe how I've prepped the area and started to plant plants that will tolerate the shady woodland area.
Sound the trumpet - my Angel's Trumpet plant (Brugmansia) is flowering. Cause for celebration and a good excuse to share other exotic plants for Six on Saturday.