• The Illusion of Control

    Illusion Control

    10th March 2017 * In The Garden * Daniel CarruthersI was talking to a fellow gardener and we were agreeing that this is a wonderful time in the garden - spring... Read more

    Posted on 10 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Garden Press Event

    Garden Press Event

    23rd February 2017 * Stephanie's Blog * Stephanie DonaldsonThe Garden Press Event takes place in February - it's when we garden writers get a chance to have a... Read more

    Posted on 23 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Brilliant News from The Walled Nursery at Hawkhurst

    Brilliant News from Walled Nursery Hawkhurst

    16th February 2017 * Stephanie's Blog * Stephanie DonaldsonI'm a regular and enthusiastic visitor to this lovely nursery and I have watched progress with... Read more

    Posted on 16 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Kendra Wilson’s New Book

    Kendra Wilson’s Book

    Finally a modern approach to garden design in this practical book ‘My Garden is a Car Park and other design dilemmas’ by Kendra Wilson. Read more

    Posted on 22 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hellebore Hygiene

    Hellebore Hygiene

    January is when I gradually work my way round the garden, cutting away the old hellebore leaves, carefully raking away the leaf litter to reveal the new... Read more

    Posted on 19 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Going, Going, Gone

    Going, Gone

    The yellow-flowered Brugmansia in the courtyard was still in flower over Christmas and it wasn’t until January 5ththat the flowers finally succumbed to our firs... Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • National Wildflower Centre to Close

    National Wildflower Centre Close

    Landlife is an organisation that has been promoting the use of wildflowers to enhance urban environments sine 1999. It has been an important trailblazer in... Read more

    Posted on 07 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Singapore Stopover

    Singapore Stopover

    On our way back from New Zealand we spent a couple of nights in Singapore – for the second time in three years. It was the hot and humid rainy season (34°... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Mount Cook

    Mount Cook

    We had been admiring the snow clad Southern Alps for some days as we travelled around and were greatly looking forward to the literal and metaphorical high poin... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Hobbit’s Garden

    Hobbit’s Garden

    I suppose that given that we were not far from Middle Earth – or so the map indicated – I shouldn’t have been surprised to happen upon a garden that gave every... Read more

    Posted on 30 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Lupin Land

    Lupin Land

    As someone who has always struggled to keep lupins alive, what with woolly aphids, rot – and plants that seem to lose the will to live beyond their first... Read more

    Posted on 29 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Land of the Long White Cloud

    Land Long White Cloud

    Botanically, New Zealand is an extraordinary country. Because it drifted off from the rest of the world so early on, its natural flora is very limited and with... Read more

    Posted on 23 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Billowing Cloud of Star Jasmine

    Billowing Cloud Star Jasmine

    Star Jasmine grows quite well in sheltered areas of the UK, but it wasn’t until I saw this magnificent cloud of flowers enveloping a tree trunk and ascending... Read more

    Posted on 21 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • The New Zealand Christmas Tree

    Zealand Christmas Tree

    The last time I saw this glorious tree was at Logan Botanic Garden where it flowers in August. Here it is just coming into flower and will be at its peak by... Read more

    Posted on 15 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Ancient Rome in California

    Ancient Rome California

    Enroute to New Zealand, we spent a couple of night in Los Angeles and managed to visit the Getty Villa in Malibu – an extraordinary confection filled with... Read more

    Posted on 10 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Lighting the Way


    The silver-leaved tree fern is New Zealand’s national plant. The undersides of the leaves really glow in low light and in the past they were used by Maoris to... Read more

    Posted on 07 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Mockery of Figs

    Mockery Figs

    That’s a new collective noun invented by me to refer to our tree that is now laden with fruit that will never ripen. It has spent the past 20 years bearing a... Read more

    Posted on 30 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Aftermath of Storm Angus

    Aftermath Storm Angus

    It has been a long and lovely autumn with some of the best autumn colour I have seen in many years. The day before Storm Angus arrived was glorious, crisp,... Read more

    Posted on 25 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tucking up My Tender Plants

    Tucking Tender Plants

    I’m not sure I entirely believe predictions of a very cold winter, but just in case I’ve been giving the large pots of agapanthus, cannas and the (still in... Read more

    Posted on 22 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Almost Done with Bulb Planting

    Almost Done with Bulb Planting

    I feel as it I have spent most of the past month getting bulbs into the ground and into pots, and now the finishing line is almost in sight. Read more

    Posted on 19 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME