December may not seem a natural time to plan a new garden, if you live in northern climes. But if you've just moved house or want to ring changes, it's a great time to sit down with a mug of coffee and a notebook – and plan before you plant Here are a few Down … Continue reading New garden advice – tis the season to plan before you plant
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever; Its loveliness increases.” The poet John Keats may have admired musk-rose blooms and trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon For simple sheep, but beauty can come at a cost to the natural environment. The first time I visited New Zealand, I was amazed at the … Continue reading Not everything in the garden is rosy – a piece on classy weeds
Alpine plants have to cope with extreme conditions, like the 'lunar landscape' of Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand. I can't help admiring their tenacity.
It’s that ‘in-between’ time of year at the moment. It’s 17ºC in the afternoon sun, I’ve just picked two dozen raspberries, the gazania are only just (finally!) coming into flower, and most trees are still green. But, there’s a nip in the air when the sun goes down, the days feel so much shorter, and … Continue reading Season of mellow fruitfulness – and lots of cobwebs
Orange isn't a colour I've ever chosen for a garden before, being more into blues and pinks. But I'm coming round it it. Summer returned in time for the bank (public) holiday weekend. And the brightest flowers in my garden at the moment are ones that cost me nothing. The cosmos tango were free with … Continue reading The garden is bright, the garden is orange – and pollinators love it
Soil type and landscaping are among the first things to consider in a new (to you) domestic garden.