From Winter to Wonder

From Winter to Wonder

Storms Ciara and Dennis may have passed but it’s still pretty chilly outside here in Yorkshire.  Many of us like to settle down on a cold winter evening to select our summer holiday – will it be Greece this year?  Portugal? Maybe a cruise?!   Here’s a suggestion for...
A rainbow of butterflies

A rainbow of butterflies

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Wow!  What a summer it is for butterflies.   Last week I was planting a new border for a client; within minutes of planting some purple Verbena bonariensis, two Peacock butterflies had already started probing their flowers for nectar....
It’s all at Chatsworth!

It’s all at Chatsworth!

The glorious Peak district hills of Derbyshire make a fitting setting for a grand house like Chatsworth. And what an amazing location for an RHS Flower Show.  On Wednesday I set out to examine the best and the rest on the first day of the 2019 show.   Show garden...
Your Insect Paradise Garden

Your Insect Paradise Garden

Insect mass extinction We are in the midst of a major alarm at the drop in insects’ numbers, with headlines saying we face the extinction of all insect life within decades. That’s serious stuff, let’s not kid ourselves here no insects = no us. Estimates vary but most...