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    I am a big fan of plants that have more than one interesting feature – scented leaves on an evergreen perhaps or attractive leaves through the growing... Read more

    Posted on 03 July 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • News from the Gravel Garden

    News from Gravel Garden

    When we moved to our current house almost fifteen years ago we inherited a blank canvas. We had the house built and the front garden is south facing but very... Read more

    Posted on 29 June 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Gardens Are Never Finished - They Just Keep Evolving

    Gardens Never Finished They Just Keep Evolving

    At this time of the year, with plants growing so fast, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the garden. New growth is everywhere and shrubs that were too small for... Read more

    Posted on 22 June 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Summer Scents

    Summer Scents

    are everywhere in the garden now. From the pungent smell of the Curry Plant near our front door to the sweet smell of Honeysuckle so seductive at night, the... Read more

    Posted on 15 June 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Vegetable Garden

    Vegetable Garden

    I am really enjoying my raised vegetable beds this spring and they have already proved to be very productive although keeping birds off some of the plants has... Read more

    Posted on 09 June 2015 GARDENING, HOME
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    One of my favourite shrubs is the Mock Orange Blossom (Philadelphus) and we have two in our garden. They are very easy to grow in sun or partial shade and soil... Read more

    Posted on 02 June 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Vegetables to Eat Now


    We are now self sufficient in salad leaves - hopefully for the rest of the summer! Rocket, Coriander, Mustard and Radish have all done well in the garden and th... Read more

    Posted on 27 May 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Containers For Summer Colour

    Containers Summer Colour

    We have plenty of containers of all shapes and sizes in our garden – some full of Tulips and other spring colour and some empty, waiting to be used. Read more

    Posted on 19 May 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Perennials


    Some of my favourite plants are herbaceous perennials. They are so versatile in the garden and varieties can be found for any conditions and to provide blooms... Read more

    Posted on 11 May 2015 GARDENING, HOME
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    I believe in keeping plants in ‘good heart’ which helps them to withstand or fight off attacks from common pests and diseases that are likely to... Read more

    Posted on 05 May 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • News From The Cutting Garden

    News From Cutting Garden

    The new raised vegetable bed in our back garden is doing well. Although I broke a long standing rule of mine and sowed last year’s seed - some from... Read more

    Posted on 27 April 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Versatile Herbs

    Versatile Herbs

    I love to walk around a garden and brush the leaves of plants that I know are scented to release their powerful aromas. Some, such as Curry Plant (Helichrysum)... Read more

    Posted on 22 April 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Climbing Plants

    Climbing Plants

    Through summer and autumn, the fences, trellis and walls in our garden are softened by climbing plants of all descriptions but there is always room for another! Read more

    Posted on 14 April 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Vegetable Planting

    Vegetable Planting

    A few days ago when I went in to the garden I put my hand on the bare earth in the new raised vegetable bed and felt the warmth on the surface from the... Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2015 GARDENING, HOME
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    Evergreens are still very much to the fore in our garden - invaluable for their shapes and colour when there is little else to look at through the winter... Read more

    Posted on 31 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Delicious Dahlias

    Delicious Dahlias

    The garden looks different every time I walk around it now, with green shoots pushing through the soil and colour from daffodils and early perennials. Read more

    Posted on 24 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Starting Early Salad Crops

    I have grown vegetables for years but have had to give up my allotments through lack of time – the stress of being unable to fit the work around other... Read more

    Posted on 17 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Spring Pruning

    Spring Pruning

    Pruning shrubs is a subject that causes much head scratching amongst gardeners. The first foray into our gardens after the winter months often reveals tangled... Read more

    Posted on 09 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Shrubs for Shade

    Shrubs Shade

    It had to be done sooner or later. Our Bog Garden needed weeding and whilst the giant Gunnera manicata is still asleep with just a hint of crinkled green... Read more

    Posted on 04 March 2015 GARDENING, HOME
  • Vegetables for Small Spaces

    Vegetables Small Spaces

    One of the challenges facing many of us nowadays is how to fit all that we want into our smaller gardens. Because of this, vegetables are often overlooked as... Read more

    Posted on 23 February 2015 GARDENING, HOME