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 extinctionWe 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...
Green and Growing

Green and Growing

It’s a funny thing but I’ve noticed that, when I ask new clients about their favourite colours for the garden, green is hardly ever mentioned.  I suppose it’s because we take it for granted that a garden always involves green. Green is seen as the backdrop, the first...
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...