My name is Julie Quinn. Welcome to my gardening blog which is about having a cottage garden in North London.
I’d sum up the style as being jumbled close planting of shrubs and simple perennials with lots of bulbs, self seeders and herbs. I’m aiming for a chaotic abundance of colour, scent and movement.
The front garden in Spring
And this is the back garden
This blog is about how I work on creating this style of garden and what I love about it – what I plant and what I don’t – what has worked and what hasn’t and how we use the space.
We came in 1988 and the garden looked like this:
I’d previously done nothing more than plant petunias in a window box in a first floor flat.
For a few years we lived with the lawn, conifers, azaleas and rambling roses.
Then in the 1990s I visited East Lambrook Manor in Somerset and fell in love with hardy geraniums, alchemilla and the wild unkempt look of a true cottage garden – I was hooked!
Inspiration for cottage gardening at Belmont Gardens, Kent
Entering Belmont Gardens in Kent I had the opportunity to walk alongside the Head Gardener and I could sense that here was a man who loved his…
Apple tree transparent pruning – great results
Last November I described how expert pruner Posy Gentles tackled our tangled old apple tree to improve its look and health. Here it is before…
London Cottage Garden boundaries – changing brown to green
I've taken this picture standing at the back door. This is the whole garden and it measures 11 metres long by 6 metres wide. We…
My view of cottage garden style
Here are my thoughts on how I would describe my own cottage garden style. I like close planting with little or no bare earth, a…
Pruning our old apple tree
Our lovely old apple tree had previously been pruned so hard that it now had a tangled mass of new vertical shoots. It was dense,…