Did you know that Shakespeare knew all about compost? In Hamlet Act 3 he has Hamlet pleading with Gertrude not to ‘spread compost upon the weeds, to make them ranker’…. sounds erious stuff! While you can, of course, spread your compost on weeds if you really want to,...
Friendly Advice…

Friendly Advice…

I’ve just returned from visiting a friend in London and whilst I was there she wanted some advice for her garden – not an uncommon request! She has lived there for three years and now has two young children. They lead busy lives and want a green oasis in their corner...
Weeds and How to Control Them

Weeds and How to Control Them

Oh joy! It’s raining again and the weeds are sky-high! Its June, it’s raining and the weeds are madly growing. They are the Formula 1 cars of the plant world, zooming ahead into pole position while your specially-bought-and-cared for plants often lurk sulking in the...
Design is all around us…

Design is all around us…

I’ve just returned from a short trip to Switzerland. Whilst most England football fans were sitting in the sun, I went to the Vitra Design Museum. You had to take the bus across the border to Germany which was interesting, it is so easy to travel around now, you don’t...
Rip it up and start again?

Rip it up and start again?

I love garden makeover shows. There, I’ve said it! I marvel at the way difficulties are overcome – cranes lift garden rooms in over the neighbour’s lawn, truck-loads of plants miraculously re-assemble into the perfect garden, and even butterflies and hedgehogs...