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Welcome to my blog page where I hope you’ll find some garden design inspiration, ideas and general information to help you with your own garden.

Avenue of trees

National Tree Week

First launched in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season. This year, it’s running from 23rd November to 1st December.   People will be planting trees around the country and laying down roots for a more tree-filled future.       Trees […]

Monotropa uniflora

Halloween Inspiration

Are you looking for some gothic Halloween inspiration this October? Here are a selection of  some of the scariest sounding and spookiest plants that will satisfy the most horror-obsessed among you.… Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) Flowers appear in early spring adorning the garden with attention-getting, heart-shaped flowers borne on arching stems. Attractive bluish-green foliage emerges […]

Watering can

Watering advise

With another spell of warmer weather promised to be on its way, make sure you’re watering your plants at the right time of day. Plants that are not in pots will benefit most from being watered morning or evening, when droplets have time to soak down into the soil. The downside to watering in the […]

Wakehurst Place Mansion House

Wakehurst Place

I am fortunate that I have many National Trust gardens to visit that are close to me, one of which I visited recently was Wakehurst Place. There are some big changes happening beyond the Mansion Lawn! Inspired by the sweeping prairies of the North American landscapes, the horticulturists and volunteers are in the process of […]

Gravetye Manor

Piet Oudolf at Gravetye Manor

I had the pleasure of visiting the William Robinson Festival at Gravetye Manor this weekend and was fortunate to listen to a talk by Piet Oudolf. Piet Oudolf is an influential Dutch garden designer of which he is seen as the figurehead of the New Perennial Movement. His designs and plant compositions use bold drifts […]

Summer Flowers

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Nestled behind the truly majestic Hampton Court Palace lays the home and sprawling grounds of the UK’s largest flower show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. This year it starts on Tuesday 2nd July and finishes on Sunday 7th July where visitors came from far and wide to be dazzled by the multitude of […]

Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'

The Hampton Hack

The ‘Chelsea Chop’ is a useful trick designed to extend the flowering season of herbaceous plants which is carried out around the time of the Chelsea Flower Show in May – hence the name. It’s too late for that now, however you can rejuvenate any tired July borders by employing the ‘Hampton Hack’, a method […]

Phlox flower

The ‘Chelsea chop’

Chelsea chop The Chelsea chop (so called because it is usually carried out at the end of May, coinciding with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show) is a useful technique that helps control the size, shape and flowering time of certain summer-flowering plants. Late May or early June is the perfect time to do it. Plants […]