Dear Readers, I’m taking part in Sunday Morning Live on BBC One tomorrow, 18th at 10.30am to talk about gardening. It’s the live section around 11.15am apparently, with people from different types of gardens. I’m told there will be compost involved and I’m taking lots of colourful things with me to represent my garden. The
Here is a short practical blog showing how cutting my perennial plants back to the ground now will be good for the garden and good for the soil. I can spread compost in the new spaces and new growth will be up within a week or so. It takes a spurt of courage to hack away at growing plants but do it now and your garden will look for for months.
Today July 6th I’m posting some photos of what’s happening in my cottage garden this weekend plus one pic at the end of my Mum who at 103 yrs old is still gardening; summer bedding now and planning bulbs for next year.
I often think about what a garden is for. In this third blog I suggest that having an outdoor space to think about, daydream about and be out in is a great distraction from harsh reality, worries and niggles.
A small town cottage garden can look wonderful with simple, common and ordinary plants that earn their keep by growing away nicely and providing colour, scent, movement, food and shelter for wildlife and year-round interest.
In my previous post “What is a garden for?” I suggested that a garden helps us live our lives outside of ourselves, physically and mentally. You can find that post here. My second idea is simple. My garden is for looking out onto like watching a slowly changing painting, changing during the day with movement
With the recent sunshine some of my more useful garden plants have gone quite mad and started spreading and growing and flowering. I love them and am very happy for them to go as mad as they like. Here they are: One Clematis Montana rubens, possibly the variety Elizabeth or similar which is useful to
I’m sitting here in my London cottage garden enjoying the silence of the city today so here are six garden photos with no chat in between. London has been strangely quiet today – no one cutting the grass or having a party nearby. One of those rare magical days when
I’ve been thinking about what a garden is for and will present one idea in each short blog over the next few weeks. By garden I want to include any space outside your home where something grows. It could be a window box, balcony, pot by the front door or a garden of any size.
This week I look at what has worked well in the garden and what hasn’t worked so well so that hopefully I can rethink for next year. That’s the plan anyway.
In the garden on 21st March 2019. The first time I’ve sat and had a coffee in the garden this year – it’s a milestone and felt a real treat. These lovely Epimedium flowers only look so nice because I remembered to cut off all the winter foliage in February before the flowers
I want to grow flowers early in the year to cut for vases indoors. However I don’t have room for a cutting patch. What to do? Well last autumn I crammed spring bulbs into 6 big plastic pots. I’m pleased to say they are coming up and I can cut a few every few days