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....
Growing Glorious Garlic

Growing Glorious Garlic

We can trace the growing of garlic as far back as 6000 years ago. It has long been immersed in Mediterranean, African and Asian cultures as a favourite cooking ingredient and can now be found in China and all over Europe. The secret is out, garlic is good for you!...
Interesting Flowers and their Secrets

Interesting Flowers and their Secrets

There is a Chinese proverb: The world is a rose, smell it and pass it to your friends. Flowers over the centuries have been a source of inspiration and enchantment. Like all living organisms they have their secrets, not only for survival but also with their...