Sally on allotments
Hasta la ristra
27 November, 2013
You can dry all sorts of surplus veg from the garden. In fact I’d go so far as to say almost anything. That’s how they make vegetable crisps, you know. Beetroot are, they say, particularly good, though don’t bother with parsnips – it’s like eating bits of bark mulch. Courgettes are brilliant, too: slice, blanch [...]
James on plants
On the larch
29 November, 2013
According to Dr Bach (he of the Flower remedies) the Larch is the certain cure for people who “lack confidence in their ability to do well…” Actually the Larch itself often feels a bit undervalued and overlooked, poor love. With some justification as this feeling of inadequacy comes from not being quite as well respected [...]
Laetitia on being creative
Hippeastrum pots for a velvet Christmas
30 November, 2013
There’s a disturbing and annoying triumvirate of ‘shoulds’ which tend to pile up for me around the end of November, and they go something like this: 1. I should have written (and addressed) all the Christmas Cards. 2. I should have bought (and wrapped) all the Christmas presents 3. I should have planted all my [...]
Mark on Chelsea
Ulf Nordfjell and his adoring public
04 June, 2013
I was going through my photos of Chelsea and I found this one which I had taken on my phone. It’s of Ulf, surrounded by his adoring fans, during the Show. It makes me smile – not many days before Ulf was on his knees, planting for 10 hours a day. Now he is dressed [...]
A very simple, yet effective combination of black bamboo, wood spurge and Japanese anemone.
Find out what's still adding colour in the Winter garden now.
Root cuttings taken now will create lots of new plants that can be planted next Spring.
We've put together this section of the website to help answer as many of your questions about common pests, diseases and weeds as possible.
December is always a busy month with all the Christmas shopping and decorations to sort out, but ideally you should try to make a little time to spend out in the garden too.
Late Autumn is a great time to plant a hedge as the soil is still reasonably warm. If the budget is tight, opt for bare root plants, which offer great value for money.
Choosing the right plant
Berries are one of the highlights of the autumn garden….and if the birds don't get to them first, they will usually last well into winter.
As they tend to be on the small side, town gardens can be shady or overlooked. We can help you choose the most suitable plants here.
What kind of gardener are you?
The first thing we need to do is to decide what type of gardener you are and the style of garden you are trying to create. In this way we can help you focus on the kinds of things you are really interested in and suggest suitable plants and ideas for your situation.