• Pleasing Palettes

    Pleasing Palettes

    It’s always nice when planning pays off and colour combinations turn out as you’ve hoped – and equally pleasing when something surprises you. I have a bit of... Read more

    Posted on 30 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pea Sticks & Bean Poles

    Sticks Bean Poles

    Spring seems to have ground to a bit of a halt and most of the perennials are still well hunkered down in the borders, so it is a perfect time to start putting... Read more

    Posted on 24 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Thirsty Bulbs

    Thirsty Bulbs

    About the only good thing about a cold wind from the north is that it extends the flowering period of spring bulbs, but it also tends to be a dry wind, so it... Read more

    Posted on 22 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Step This Way

    Step This

    Our hillside garden has high walls and many tall plants so there is quite a lot of what the Health Safety people term ‘working at height’ involved in its... Read more

    Posted on 20 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Exciting Spring and Summer Bulbs

    There’s more to your spring garden than daffodils, crocuses and tulips. Yet so embedded are these beautiful flowering bulbs in our gardening psyche that... Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Problematic Paperwhites

    Problematic Paperwhites

    I would love to have paperwhite narcissi indoors, but Andrew can’t bear the smell of them so I now grow a few in the greenhouse for my own pleasure and pot the... Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Painting the Modern Garden

    Painting Modern Garden

    If you can’t make it to the exhibition at the Royal Academy – or just want more – a new film will be in cinemas (from April 12th) exploring how the painters,... Read more

    Posted on 02 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Bit of Set Dressing in the Garden

    Dressing Garden

    The corner underneath the mimosa tree has been looking rather sad and neglected. It’s a difficult spot because the roots of the tree make it difficult to get... Read more

    Posted on 01 March 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Solar Lights for Shady Spots

    Solar Lights Shady Spots

    I’ve recently bought some solar lights to illuminate the steps from our entrance to the front door. The problem is that although there is no shortage of sun... Read more

    Posted on 27 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Growing Impatience – Literally

    Growing Impatience Literally

    I’m keen to get on with sowing and growing, but until today I have held back because each time I went to local garden centres in search of potting compost all... Read more

    Posted on 21 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Not to Be Missed


    On a grey, damp February day I went to see the wonderful exhibition at The Royal Academy ‘Painting the Modern Garden – Monet to Matisse’ and was transported int... Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Felco Versus Niwaki

    This video takes a look at two pairs of secateurs. The Okasune secateurs from Niwaki and a pair of Felco No.8. Share this : You might also like :Felco Secateurs... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planning a Broad Bean Bonanza

    Planning Broad Bean Bonanza

    In the past I haven’t grown enough broad beans, so this year I’m planning a bit of successional sowing. I’m already a bit behind on the game – because of the... Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Felco Secateurs

    Felco Secateurs

    Burton McCall have worked their usual magic on my secateurs and they are back with me looking as good as new and fabulously sharp. Read more

    Posted on 30 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • My Hugelkultur Experiment

    Hugelkultur Experiment

    Hugelkultur is a permaculture technique that is usually used to create a raised bed on a flat piece of land by covering the area with logs, topping them with... Read more

    Posted on 23 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • From Pretty Potager to Serious Plot

    From Pretty Potager Serious Plot

    My small potager has expanded piecemeal over the years in a fairly unplanned and inefficient way, adding a little bed here and a little bed there, all the... Read more

    Posted on 19 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Rainy Day Activity

    Rainy Activity

    Other than puddle hopping, there’s not much to be done outside when it’s bucketing down, so on a particularly wet day I turned my attention to sorting my seeds. Read more

    Posted on 16 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Starting as I Mean to Go On

    Starting Mean

    I have to confess to being a serial secateur abuser – I should know better, and I certainly advise better, but somehow when it is the only tool to hand, it... Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Winter Gardening

    Winter Gardening

    With rumours of (the probably temporary) arrival of cold weather, I decided that it was time to tuck up my evergreen agapanthus – Agapanthus africanus. Read more

    Posted on 07 January 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • More Unseasonal Goings On

    More Unseasonal Goings

    The gales have swung round to the south (us coastal dwellers know our wind directions!) and our usually sheltered garden is taking a bit of a battering. Read more

    Posted on 24 December 2015 GARDENING, HOME