A description of how I renewed my little pond, a vital part of the cottage garden style and feel, in the hope of encouraging even more wildlife into the garden.
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.
We gardeners probably learn most by trial and error, often making the same mistakes more than once. Here are some of the lessons I have learned through 30 years of gardening which hopefully will help you to avoid them.
London Cottage Garden in March is all about the views of the garden from the windows and doorways of the house. When it’s cold or wet these views we look out on every day are so important.
Discovering some really lovely artificial flowers has transformed my arrangements around the house – now I can have a mixture of a supermarket bunch filled out with artificial stems of all kinds. I hope you like them too.
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 fresh supermarket bunch. I aim to have a few flowers in the hall, living room and kitchen all year around and do that by having just two or three
I had hoped to leave my brick paving to go along with Nature, weeds moss and all. Unfortunately with warm wet weather it became a slippy slimy assault course and I had to eat my words and resort to the dreaded power washer.
This blog describes how old brick paving can look if you stop power washing it, letting it naturally age and change with the seasons. I love the result.
You can change the whole look and feel of your garden with a new colour of a chair, table, pot or umbrella to draw your eye while you wait for plants to add to the greens in your garden
Wonderful hardy geraniums from Cranesbill Nursery
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…
Real flowers and artificial flowers – both fabulous
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…
How to introduce a new colour in a cottage garden
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 use colour in the cottage garden style
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…
Daffodils in a small garden – tips on how to grow them.
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,…