‘Plant in well-drained soil’ – the frustration of plant labels

You see something unfamiliar at the garden centre, look at the label to see what it is, and read: ‘plant in well-drained soil.’ If you’re me, you put it back down again. And then repeat, and repeat. Because plant labels never say anything else. I’m sure it’s an ‘insurance policy’ on the growers’ part, so … Continue reading ‘Plant in well-drained soil’ – the frustration of plant labels

New garden advice – tis the season to plan before you plant

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

Not everything in the garden is rosy – a piece on classy weeds

“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