This week has seen the summer solstice and the year's longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. It's been a beautifully sunny week and I've been admiring plants best described as sun-worshippers, including alpines, sweet peas and roses. I've also been taking the opportunity to position my armillary sphere accurately. Positioning [...]
This week has seen quintessential June weather - the sunny days I remember from childhood but which have seemed lacking in recent years. The garden is filled with roses and peonies but for some reason I have mostly chosen a series of other plants to talk about, including a couple [...]
The Edelweiss flower is world-renowned but few would know what they look like. Here I describe how I grow the Edelweiss in a pot, what it looks like and how it has come to be so revered.
This article gives step by step instructions on how to plant alpines in a trough or container and suggested easy to grow alpines to try. Alpine troughs are perfect containers to let your garden design skills run riot, but in a small space. Alpines are small, pretty and above all [...]
Are you a Dahlia debutante growing Dahlias for the first time this year? Have you grown them before but never tried taking cuttings? Have you got a plant with lots of bushy growth? If so you could double, triple or even quadruple the number of flowers by taking cuttings. Each [...]
This is my first post in a couple of weeks as I have been away. I have allot to do in the garden but so much to share. I hope you enjoy my Six. Greenhouse research Greenhouse - so beautiful but what to put in it needs careful planning [...]
The burning bush Berberis flower cluster This Berberis has been on fire all this week and was emitting a smouldering glow to light up the dreary days before the sun came out again. Judging by it's size It's obviously a fairly old specimen and I think it must [...]
Gardening is a hobby best pursued with the assistance of others. Despite the plethora and accessibility of gardening assistance there is a concern that there is one area that fewer of us are accessing - the kinship of a garden community or horticultural society. Here I share my experiences as a newbie member and summarise the wonder that is the Great British Horticultural Society