Garden Design in winter?!?

Garden Design in winter?!?

So this summer you’d like to be enjoying a glass of wine whilst watching the children play in a well thought out outdoor space? It might be a cold winter day in Harrogate, Wetherby or Leeds – but now’s the perfect time to start planning your new garden. The garden design process starts by instructing a garden designer and finishes with that perfect garden in the heat of June – well maybe not cracking-the-flagstones hot but hot enough to sit outside and enjoy your garden!

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...

Welcome to 2014!

Have you made any New Year resolutions yet? Here’s some gardening ones you might like to ponder as you sit cosily indoors with a cuppa…

Natures’ winter pick-me-ups

Natures’ winter pick-me-ups

At this time of year we get a lot of pretty gloomy advice in the media - supposedly to help us deal with the after–effects of the Christmas period; the weight we’ve added to our hips… and lost from our wallets!  Added to that there’s the dark evenings, the mountain of...

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 appear...

A perennial holiday problem!

A perennial holiday problem!

Let’s make it easy for ourselves – dealing with holiday watering. So you plan a holiday, look forward to it for months and in the meantime you happily grow plants from seed or use plug plants and pot them on into tubs and pots to enjoy. So far so good! Then you have...

Great Plants for a Shady Spring Border

Great Plants for a Shady Spring Border

Many gardeners and garden designers find it difficult to make successful borders in the shadier parts of the garden. While it’s true that a lot of the showier plants you can buy at the garden centre are sun-loving, actually there are hundreds of great flowering plants...

The Landscape Gardens of Madrid

The Landscape Gardens of Madrid

I spent the weekend in Madrid and whilst enjoying this lively, cosmopolitan city I visited the Royal Botanical Garden (Real Jardin Botanico), it was founded in 1755 by King Ferdinand VI. The tulips were in full bloom and looked beautiful

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