Floral forays in rural Andalucia

Floral forays in rural Andalucia

Wildflower meadow Andalucia Wildlfowers are the glory of rural Andalucia; in May, lavishly spread by nature’s hand across every bit of waste ground, threaded through every hamlet, they are a beautiful and uplifting sight.   When my friend Kate told me the wild...
Easy Perennials

Easy Perennials

Popular flowering plants for your herbaceous borders The plants I am going to explore are popular for good reason; they are colourful, easy to grow without much intervention and persist in their flowering year after year.  Two of them are the backbone of many borders...
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...
Colour Combinations

Colour Combinations

When I’m out and about my mind is always (well usually!) open to new ideas that help me to be more creative and consequently design better gardens.  Today I am writing about colour combinations.The fashion inside the home a few years ago was a palette of...
Colour Keukenhof-style!

Colour Keukenhof-style!

Do you like to tulips? Not that bothered? Ah, but do you like colour? If colour – rich, vibrant colour and lots of it – is your thing, then Keukenhof gardens near Amsterdam should be on your bucket list. I was lucky enough to visit Keukenhof a couple of weekends ago....