• Time for a Rethink

    Time Rethink

    Now that I have more time for gardening, I’m reassessing some parts of the garden to see if I can make improvements. First for this treatment is the Lower Garde... Read more

    Posted on 17 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Of Cabbages & Things

    Cabbages Things

    What with lack of space and other priorities I have pretty well given up sowing our own brassicas and rely instead on the excellent www.organicplants.co.uk to... Read more

    Posted on 08 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Talking Tulips

    Talking Tulips

    Yes, I know we’ve barely had a summer and it is a bit depressing to be talking about spring bulbs so soon, but August is a good time to buy if you want the... Read more

    Posted on 05 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • WWOOF – 45 Years On

    WWOOF Years

    In 1971 I was in my early twenties and working for a design company in London when I picked up a copy of Time Out and saw an advert offering weekends... Read more

    Posted on 30 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Fruit Fly Threat to Cherries

    Fruit Threat Cherries

    On Friday I went to pick the crop from the cherry tree that we rent each year. Sadly, it was markedly down on what we usually gather due to the wrong weather... Read more

    Posted on 28 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • In the Pink


    As the trees spread their shade in the garden, much of it consists of textures and shades of green, but there also some star performers that provide splashes... Read more

    Posted on 26 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • In the Footsteps of Russell Page

    Footsteps Russell Page

    Last weekend a friend invited a group of us to celebrate a landmark birthday at the former weekend home of the Duke Duchess of Windsor at Gif sur Yvette,... Read more

    Posted on 23 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • 10 Gardening Instagram Accounts to Follow

    With almost half a billion active users on Instagram there’s no shortage of inspirational garden and plant pictures being served up from around the world. Read more

    Posted on 19 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Logging On


    Given that we haven’t yet had a summer worth mentioning, it may seem unnecessarily pessimistic, but we have just had a log delivery. Read more

    Posted on 18 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • RHS Wisley


    It was our local allotment association’s annual day out – and for the fourth time in five years they elected to go to Wisley. It’s a good decision, because no... Read more

    Posted on 15 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Great Dixter – Again

    Great Dixter Again

    Well when you have one of the world’s great gardens nearby, it’s pretty irresistible. The team at Great Dixter were holding a press day, and although I know... Read more

    Posted on 13 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Fairlight End


    The June issue of Gardens Illustrated has a feature (written by me as it happens) about this impressive garden, so I was more than happy to take a friend and... Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Private Garden

    Private Garden

    A tucked away garden near Battle held an evening open in aid of Great Dixter. Although it was not entirely to my taste – taste is a very personal thing – I... Read more

    Posted on 09 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Walled Nursery at Hawkhurst

    Walled Nursery Hawkhurst

    My first visit: I’ve become a regular visitor to this nursery for lots of reasons: a good range of really interesting and well-grown plants; they are now... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Goodbye Gardens Editor – Hello Garden Visitor

    Goodbye Gardens Editor Hello Garden Visitor

    Last month, after sixteen years, I stepped down as Gardens Editor on Country Living magazine. I’ve had a brilliant time, but I decided it was time for a life... Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • My Smelly Garden

    Smelly Garden

    Every time it has bucketed down recently the garden has started to smell decidedly unpleasant. Initially I thought it must be the compost that I used as top... Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Some Sweet Pea Tips from Easton

    Some Sweet Tips from Easton

    Ursula’s recommends growing sweetpeas up a circle of pig netting rather than a wigwam which narrows at the top and restricts flowering – unless you have the tim... Read more

    Posted on 30 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • An Impressive Garden Renaissance

    Impressive Garden Renaissance

    About ten years ago I visited the ruins of Easton garden near Grantham in Lincolnshire. Easton has a long and illustrious history and had been home to fourteen... Read more

    Posted on 27 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Meanwhile – Back on Home Ground

    Meanwhile Back Home Ground

    Everything is growing skywards – the weather may bear little resemblance to summer, but the plants are loving it and (as I wrote before) rebuilding the vegetabl... Read more

    Posted on 23 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Compare & Contrast

    Compare Contrast

    Regular followers will know that I am a fan of Nicotiana mutabilis, but they are not the easiest plants to germinate. I’ve only managed to raise three plants... Read more

    Posted on 21 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME