In a designed garden or a pristine perfect garden I wonder where they keep all the stuff that anyone pottering in their garden will need every few minutes? Where do they chuck stuff they don’t know what to do with?
Suddenly we have a nightly visiting hedgehog coming for food after years of not seeing one. They are such lovely little creatures – and mean there is a chain of Life in the garden from beetles to foxes all living and munching and having a lovely time.
I’ve discovered mail order fresh alstroemerias and am so happy to support Sussex grown flowers from @alstroemeriaben of Crosslands Flower Nursery. Supermarkets are full of them but his are something special.
Here are my tips for having wildlife in your garden to make it a lively and joyous place for you and all the other creatures we have to share our space with. We can all find our own balance.
This blog is about how lovely and simple grasses can be in a small town cottage garden, bringing greenery which can turn to red, gold and bronze through the year, as well as movement in the wind and sparkle in the rain.
Cottage garden planting means beds, borders and containers crammed full of plants you love just because you love them. Let some weeds in, let in the wildlife and sit back and enjoy the mad profusion of the seasons.
Here is a short practical blog showing how cutting my perennial plants back to the ground now will be good for the garden and good for the soil. I can spread compost in the new spaces and new growth will be up within a week or so. It takes a spurt of courage to hack away at growing plants but do it now and your garden will look for for months.
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.
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
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
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…
A new colour in early Spring Here's a way to introduce a new colour in a cottage garden in early Spring. Plants can't always provide…
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,…