In praise of the daffodil

In praise of the daffodil

Narcissus ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ in drifts   Some people call them daffodils, others call them narcissi.  Either way, they are one of the easiest and lowest maintenance bulbs to plant in the garden and I love them.  Now is the time to plant them for a display to...
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...