• The Allure of the Endemic

    Allure Endemic

    I do love seeing plants growing in their natural habitat, especially when they grow nowhere else. I remember standing in a field in South Africa – actually the... Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Carpeted with Colour & Pattern

    Carpeted with Colour Pattern

    An unexpected delight on our recent visit to the Abruzzo National Park was that our stay coincided with a religious festival in Pescasseroli where the... Read more

    Posted on 16 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Wildflower Meadows of the Abruzzo National Park

    Wildflower Meadows Abruzzo National Park

    I am never happier than when I’m amongst flowers growing in their natural habitat – especially when it involves mountains – so for the last week I was very happ... Read more

    Posted on 10 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Straw Bale Gardening

    Straw Bale Gardening

    Rebuilding the vegetable garden happened to coincide with the arrival of a book about straw bale gardens, so when I found myself with a bed lacking in sufficien... Read more

    Posted on 01 June 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Snapshots from Chelsea

    Snapshots from Chelsea

    Copper bowl echoing a Fibonacci number in the Beauty of Mathematics Garden A bowl of hepaticas from Ashwood Nurseries stand in the Grand Pavilion The hidden... Read more

    Posted on 26 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Naturally Inspired

    Naturally Inspired

    If you love to walk in the woods and like wild places, there is much to please you at this year’s show. Multi-stemmed trees casting dappled shade, dry habitats... Read more

    Posted on 24 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Mutable Beauty

    Mutable Beauty

    Nicotiana mutabilis is such a lovely plant that I go to considerable lengths to have it in the garden. Its flowers start dark pink, fade to a paler shade and... Read more

    Posted on 21 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Long May It Last

    Long Last

    I’ve been puzzled (but pleased ) by the near absence of slugs in the newly redesigned vegetable plot. I was pretty sure that they hadn’t gone off in a huff... Read more

    Posted on 16 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tools for Change

    Tools Change

    This is such a good idea. C . They are collecting them with the Conservation Foundation’s Tools Shed project which takes the tools to prison workshops where the... Read more

    Posted on 13 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • When the Sun Shines……..

    When Shines……..

    When winter seems reluctant to leave, we gardeners love to get outside and get on with things, but even though the temperatures are low, the strength of the... Read more

    Posted on 29 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Best Support Act

    Best Support

    When it comes to plant supports, Sarah Raven really has it sorted. I visited Perch Hill last weekend to see the various structures before they all disappear... Read more

    Posted on 28 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • I Do Love a Tulip

    Love Tulip

    The tulips are just beginning to strut their stuff, although Exotic Emperor – a new variety to me – has now been flowering for weeks and definitely a new... Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Petal Perfection

    Petal Perfection

    One of the things that I love about this time of year is that there is still time to pause and admire each new arrival – it won’t be long before there’s so... Read more

    Posted on 23 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Natural Support

    Natural Support

    I try to support plants with natural materials whenever possible, whether its runner beans, sweet peas or border perennials. I’ve had lots of fun creating a... Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Learning from the Experts

    Learning from Experts

    Visiting a famous garden is not just (generally) a delightful experience – it can also be a masterclass in good gardening techniques. Read more

    Posted on 15 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Spring Salads

    Spring Salads

    The first batch of salads are now of pickable size – and some of the leaves actually make it as far as the house -although at the moment most are picked a leaf... Read more

    Posted on 12 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Get That Wild Flower Look

    Bulbs can be naturalised in grass or in borders to make them look like wild flowers. The usual thing to do is to plant carpets of a single coloured daffodil or... Read more

    Posted on 10 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Spring Plant Fair at Great Dixter

    Spring Plant Fair Great Dixter

    I have been in horticultural heaven this week with plenty of gardening at home, the visit to Sissinghurst and a day at the Spring Fair at Great Dixter. Read more

    Posted on 08 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Spring at Sissinghurst

    Spring Sissinghurst

    There’s much to be gained by visiting famous gardens early in the season before they get too busy. Although it means that not everywhere is bursting with blooms... Read more

    Posted on 06 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bluebell Blues

    Bluebell Blues

    By far the greater number of bluebells in my garden are the Spanish interlopers and I suspect it is a life’s work to rid the garden of their presence, so I try... Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2016 GARDENING, HOME