I’m often asked by non-gardeners for advice on what to do with the patch outside their back door. Where do you start?
Here are lessons I’ve learned about how best to grow daffodils in a small cottage garden – which varieties look right and how lovely they look in pots.
Squirrels destroyed my pot of tulips within minutes this morning – very disappointing but I can’t think of any way to stop them. As soon as I take the chicken wire protection off, they dig up and eat the shoots and bulbs.
Please think about feeding your garden birds this year. Once you hang up a birdfeeder you will be amazed how quickly word gets out and they come to feed on and off all day every day. I buy the feeders and the bird food from RSPB shop. Different birdfeeders This feeder below is for suet
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
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
Here are Six Signs of Life in my garden and Chelsea Physic Garden this week. Six plants providing scent, colour, food for wildlife or bursting into bud ready for the Spring
Keeping my optimism up and my hope bubbling as I look in the garden for the small things that tell us nature is moving on all the time.
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…
It's my 67th birthday today and here is a very short story of my gardening life through six decades. [caption id="attachment_1756" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mum and…
One Here's a pink pulmonaria, known as lungwort because of the spots on the leaves. I think this variety is "Raspberry Splash". It's evergreen here…
everybody thinks it's true" - Paul Simon 2007 We gardeners think about and work towards the future - we are assuming a future. We are…
After attending Adam Frost's September Masterclass, I wrote in a previous post about his ideas for thinking about designing and using your garden space. Adam’s…