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...
Three joyous houseplants

Three joyous houseplants

Clivia and Cactus on the window sill[/caption]   House plants are all the rage! I would like to introduce you to my top three houseplants, which give me endless pleasure and generally little trouble. They are not trendy ones, but I have picked them as they are...
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...
Star of Wonder 21 Dec

Star of Wonder 21 Dec

I’m a bit of a star gazer.  I love looking out across a clear night sky, somewhere deep in the countryside so there’s no light pollution.  Given the season, I thought it might be interesting to talk in this blog about stars, starry plants and starry things generally!...
A Restoration Garden

A Restoration Garden

A friend recently had his Ceanothus die on him. It was over 10 years old and all three trunks had spilt. Ceanothus_red_brick_wall In May it was a sea of blue flowers with a contented buzzing cloud of bees all over it. Through it he’d grown two varieties of clematis...
The Deadly Beauty of Poisonous Plants

The Deadly Beauty of Poisonous Plants

Plants are living organisms and all of them contain some level of toxin for defence. After all, they cannot run away from their predators, so nature has developed several different ways of protection. Some have spikes, some a sting (think how painful a handful of...