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.

Purple Tulips

Bulb Planting

With the autumn-planting season just around the corner, garden centres and on-line retailers are now stocking spring-flowering bulbs. If you want to ensure that you have the variety you’re after, then now is the time to purchase them. What to look out for Try to get big, firm bulbs, as usually the larger they are, […]

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Why use a Garden Designer?

If you’ve never employed the services of a garden designer, you may wonder whether it’s worth your while. There are many benefits to engaging a garden designer, including: Expertise and creativity. Garden designers have the knowledge and experience to create a garden that is both beautiful and functional. They can consider factors such as your […]

Butterfly on flower

World Wildlife day

There are many ways to encourage wildlife into the garden, from simply planting various flowering plants, to building an insect hotel or introducing a bird feeder. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Grow a range of flowering plants, with different flower shapes to invite a whole host of beneficial insects into the […]

Green roof

World Green Roof Day

World Green Roof Day is celebrated on June 6 every year to appreciate the beautiful green roofs that contribute to a better environment and raise awareness about their importance to climate change. Green roofs don’t need to be on large commercial building rooftops, they can also be used on smaller roof spaces such as home […]

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Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by (formerly Earth Day Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2023 is Invest In Our […]

National Pollinator Week

This year National Pollinator Week runs from 20-26th June. It’s a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. Did you know, bees, beetles, bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, flies and other pollinators help pollinate more than 75 percent of our flowering plants? Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for […]

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 […]

Colouful flowers

Chelsea Flower Show 2023

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back next year at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. The 2023 show will be sponsored by the Newt in Somerset, running for five days from Tuesday 23rd May and finishing on Saturday 27th May. Themes this year will again highlight the ways that gardening can contribute positively to our health […]

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Watering advice

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 […]

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 28th November to 6th 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 […]

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. The 2023 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show will be a source of much excitement for any garden lover. This year it starts on Tuesday 4th July and finishes […]

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 […]

Leonardslee illuminations 2019

Leonardslee Illuminated

I’d been wanting to visit Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens since it re-opened in April earlier this year, and this had been the first chance that I had in order to do this. The 240 acre Grade 1 listed garden estate at Lower Beeding in West Sussex had been closed to the public since June 2010, […]