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.
There've been many articles in the press recently saying alpines are trendy again. Maybe it's because fewer people have big gardens or maybe it's just because alpines are just so pretty. This article for the Alpine Garden Society describing why alpines are my new big thing.
I like the look of spring flowers in the lawn and am always on the look-out for new ideas. In March 2019 I stumbled across the alpine meadow at RHS Wisley and was enchanted by what I saw. Tiny gold thimbles stretched away as far as the eye could see. [...]
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
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 [...]