Here are some photos from my recent visit to the new walled garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith for Middleton Lodge Hotel near Richmond in Yorkshire.
In this weather I’ve had to sacrifice the look of some plants to protect them and I have some plants that are surviving quite well. I’ll show you both. Re: watering, I give pots a gallon or two each every few days and I don’t water the rest of the garden. I’ve cut to the
What can we learn from the resilience of plants and their ability to flourish against the odds? Walking from Sloane Square to Chelsea Physic Garden once a week I walk past many town houses with window boxes and basement areas of paving below their front door. I’ve noticed how plants in pots 10ft or more
Frank Ronan in the Dixter Handbook of Pruning says that successful pruning is a result of close observation, applied intelligence and luck. We learn by our mistakes and each time we kill something it will be a different error each time. Good to know. Adam Frost says the secret of a good garden is muck,
Here are 6 tulips that have done well this year despite the crazy weather. Sadly most are over now so I will buy more late season tulips for next year.
Tree planting, snowdrops showing, decaying leaves, scented shrubs compost and more.
Here are 6 things going on in my garden this week. ONE I bought loads of hardy geraniums at the famous Margery Fish Nursery at East Lambrook Manor Gardens in Somerset last weekend – my favourite garden ever. Will be planting them on top of tulips in pots in November sometime. TWO Piles of leaves
Six topics in the garden this week One Showing off my compost again. Pile up kitchen waste, brown cardboard, green prunings from your garden and some grass clippings and it will turn into this brown stuff. No need to dig it in. The worms will carry it down. It’s magic and I never cease to
One My beehive shaped compost bins got completely emptied this week and had produced about 15 bags of fantastic brown crumbly stuff, full of worms and little creatures. Every handful was teeming with life. I filled up my pots, chucked it all around the garden and spread it deep on new areas for planting. Making
Snowdrops then narcissi and then tulips – fabulous bulbs for spring which we plant in the autumn
Easy to grow shrubs – clematis, honeysuckle, sweet box, pyracantha, kerria, and mahonia.