• Beautiful Butterflies

    Beautiful Butterflies

    Red Admiral on BuddlejaAs I predicted, the lengthy dry spell has brought butterflies to the garden in greater numbers over the last few days. Read more

    Posted on 29 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Roses


    Rosa rugosaAlthough our garden is exposed, there are still some roses that grow well. I find that the old roses do better than some of the modern hybrids and I... Read more

    Posted on 25 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Loving Leaves

    Loving Leaves

    The green and white borders around the dining area in our garden are creating a cool courtyard feel which was the plan when we designed them – an oasis... Read more

    Posted on 14 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Fabulous Fuchsias

    Fabulous Fuchsias

    Fuchsia Delta's SarahSome of the most rewarding plants in our garden have to be the hardy Fuchsias. I prune them almost to the ground in the spring once the... Read more

    Posted on 08 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Welcome Rain

    At last some welcome rain for the garden! Plants seem to have doubled in size overnight but there are plenty of petals from the Mock Orange Blossom lying like... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • To Weed Or Not to Weed


    At Notcutts we’ve caught up with Anne Wareham again to see what she has been up to since her last piece, Beware Experts Bearing Punitive Advice in 2012. Read more

    Posted on 27 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Latest from the Allotment...

    Latest from Allotment...

    Runner beans just planted outI planted my runner beans out last week and they are already beginning to climb the bamboo canes. Read more

    Posted on 25 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Scented Summer Shrubs

    Scented Summer Shrubs

    Philadelphus lemonie ErectusPlants in our garden have to work hard for a living because space is always at a premium. Visits to Notcutts on a regular basis mean... Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Ornamental Grasses

    Ornamental Grasses

    Some of the plants in our garden that never fail to please are the ornamental grasses. They are well suited to our exposed front garden, where we have several... Read more

    Posted on 16 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Observations from My Garden

    Cutting back our privet hedge in the back garden, to reduce the height and width has worked wonders! Shrubs that were leaning towards the light have been given ... Read more

    Posted on 10 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Containers for Summer Colour

    Planting Containers Summer Colour

    Salvia Hot LipsOur local branch of Notcutts has been filled with a tempting range of summer bedding plants for weeks now and this weekend I am going to plant... Read more

    Posted on 06 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Perennials for Summer Colour

    Perennials Summer Colour

    The warmer night temperatures and showery weather have meant that the garden is really starting to grow away now and there is very little soil showing in the... Read more

    Posted on 23 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Coping with Pests and Disease

    Coping with Pests Disease

    Adult Vine WeevilMost plants in our garden grow each year with no problems at all. The biggest ‘pest’ that we have is windy weather due to the... Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Herbs

    The allotment next to mine is abandoned and is home to many weeds but every so often there is a reminder of plants that were grown there in former years. One... Read more

    Posted on 05 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Annuals for the Cutting Garden

    Night time temperatures are becoming warmer now although of course there is still the possibility of frost for at least the next month if the days are sunny... Read more

    Posted on 02 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tulips


    The Tulips that I planted last autumn in pots have been a picture and I am so proud of them that they have been moved to the front doorstep so that passersby an... Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Breaking into Leaf

    The garden is changing every day now, with plants finally starting to break into leaf, coaxed by the warm sunshine that makes everything and everyone feel... Read more

    Posted on 23 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Easter Break

    Easter Break

    I am finally catching up in the garden thanks to the Easter break and good weather! The allotment has been dug over and I have been to Notcutts to buy some... Read more

    Posted on 22 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Accidental Shrubbery

    Accidental Shrubbery

    Alison Levey of is an obsessive gardener based in Leicester and like our very own Mr McGregor would never describe herself as ... Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Allotment Tasks

    Allotment Tasks

    The drier weather has meant that at last I can start to dig the allotment! I am very late this year – the soil has been too wet to even contemplate diggin... Read more

    Posted on 05 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME