I’m often asked by non-gardeners for advice on what to do with the patch outside their back door. Where do you start?
I was lucky to be invited onto live TV to talk about colour in the garden and how gardening is all about sharing.
BBC One asked me to take part in a gardening section of their programme Sunday Morning Live on Sunday 18th August 2019. It was all very exciting and great fun.
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.
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.
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
This blog shows what happens when action is taken or is not taken – one only learns by trial and error so my blog may help you make those big decisions and avoid making the same mistakes.
Six small samples of having to accept things as they are when you have a small garden
Hardy geraniums In my very first blog in 2016 I wrote about my love for wonderful hardy geraniums here They really are some of the…
I've recently discovered some online artificial flowers from Alex James that I think are beautiful and look wonderful either on their own or mixed with…
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How to have colour in the cottage garden style town garden without it being too much work for one person to manage. Well I would…
If you have a small garden like a town garden and want to grow daffodils, here are my tips on how best to do it,…