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
Six small samples of having to accept things as they are when you have a small garden
Yesterday the delivery driver on my doorstep spared a moment to tell me how lovely the front garden was looking and what a delight it was to walk down our long front path. He had noticed the scents and the colour and the green lushness. I said a big thankyou and we spoke for a
Photos, thoughts and ideas from my cottage garden this week.
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 second topic was about getting inspiration for our garden from other walks of life and our other passions. Ideas for his new garden came from the poet John Clare who
In September I went to the Adam Frost Garden School near Stamford, for a one-day masterclass. It was hugely enjoyable. Adam was with 16 of us for the whole day, partly in a special classroom in his new home and partly in his country garden which we have seen on Gardeners’ World. I’m writing now about
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
Snowdrops then narcissi and then tulips – fabulous bulbs for spring which we plant in the autumn
Lovely self-seeders show how plants will grow and thrive without us having to do any gardening at all
Having the cottage garden style involves a lot of gardening. Don’t imagine it doesn’t. This year it seems more than ever. I can often feel overwhelmed trying to keep on top of the jumble. Perennials can turn from glorious to spent in a matter of days. So I am having some ideas about how
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 work and the garden. This gave me the feeling that I was going to like this place. My hero Dan Pearson talks about a “sense of place” by which I