Star of Wonder 21 dec

Star of Wonder 21 dec

Star of WonderI’m a bit of a star gazer.  I love looking out across a clear night sky, somewhere deep in the countryside so there’s no light pollution.  Given the season, I thought it might be interesting to talk in this blog about stars, starry plants and starry...
The Triumph of Modernism

The Triumph of Modernism

‘Bring the outside in and the inside out’. ‘Make the garden an outside room’. How many times do we hear these concepts? They have become a near universal part of modern garden design. But where do they come from? And why do so many houses being built now, along with...
The Hidden Trees Of Life

The Hidden Trees Of Life

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...
Cottage Garden

Cottage Garden

The Cottage Garden. We all picture one the moment those words are uttered. A blissful froth of beautiful, informal bounty. Delphiniums and lupins nod in front of an ancient wall smothered with clematis and roses. Higher up the Wisteria hangs its glorious plumes....
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...