the hidden life of trees

the hidden life of trees

When I was a child I picked up the notion from somewhere that the roots of a tree always exactly mirror the canopy, in both extent and depth. Well I’ve seen enough blown over trees to know that isn’t quite the case, but this year I’ve found out that what trees get up...
A Restoration Garden

A Restoration Garden

A friend recently had his Ceanothus die on him. It was over 10 years old and all three trunks had spilt. Ceanothus_red_brick_wall In May it was a sea of blue flowers with a contented buzzing cloud of bees all over it. Through it he’d grown two varieties of clematis...
The colour wheel and garden design

The colour wheel and garden design

We are family, I got all my sisters with me. Gardeners World recently ran a short piece about how to arrange a colour scheme for a garden using a colour wheel. We’re garden designers and that got us thinking. Sometimes it’s not clear just what a Garden Designer is, of...
Herb Garden

Herb Garden

A garden for utility and Delight I wrote recently about Cottage gardens and the charm of their seemingly haphazard dense masses of plants. One of their great pleasures comes from the mixing of utility and delight, where food, medicine and beauty commingle, with...
Meadow Planting in Your Garden

Meadow Planting in Your Garden

Do you dream of attracting butterflies and songbirds to your garden? You do? Would you like a non-stop display of flowers from spring to autumn? You would? Well, have I got the answer for you! Planting a meadow, small or large, in your garden will be good for the...