The dark days of gloom

The dark days of gloom

These are the dark times of the year. Dark mornings, dark evenings, cold, rain, grey skies for days on end. We now know that blue Monday is a thing;  That third Monday in January – the most depressing day of the year. More suicides happen in early January than...
Why do we love our gardens?

Why do we love our gardens?

Take me back home What makes any garden satisfying? What fills our hearts with joy, sets us at ease, gives comfort, and a sense of anticipation? The answers are of course as varied as you would expect. But it turns out that a very modern trend and a very ancient land,...
The 2019 Show Garden Trends

The 2019 Show Garden Trends

What are the trends in 2019’s garden shows? Yes it’s that time of year again, with a few major shows like Chelsea Flower Show and Gardeners World Flower Show already under our belt and some great ones coming up like Hampton Court Garden Festival and Tatton Park Flower...
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...
Cottage Garden

Cottage Garden

The Cottage Garden. We all picture one the moment those words are uttered. A blissful froth of beautiful, informal bounty. Delphiniums and lupins nod in front of an ancient wall smothered with clematis and roses. Higher up the Wisteria hangs its glorious plumes....