The World in Our Gardens

The World in Our Gardens

The observant garden enthusiasts amongst us will have noticed that our outside spaces are shared with a large community of other creatures including insects, birds, hedgehogs, toads and of course, slugs. The conditions that enable these creatures to thrive vary, and...
Winter in the Garden

Winter in the Garden

Looking onto your garden from a warm and cosy indoors in the depths of winter, especially if there is a light dusting of snow, is bound to give pleasure. You can make it even more special with an element of planning. Even in a small garden you can achieve shapes,...
Planning your spring border

Planning your spring border

All the excitement of looking and planning ahead for a spectacular spring in the garden is with us. Anything to avoid muddy gaps in the border and bare patches! Settle yourself down, one rainy day in autumn (the sooner the better) to think about all the gorgeous...
Spanish Design Inspiration

Spanish Design Inspiration

April in Spain can be hot and so it was when five European designers came to sample the delights of Madrid.  Maria and I hosted the weekend and whilst of course we enjoyed the local gastronomy we all met to experience Spanish landscape architecture and see at first...
Colourful clematis

Colourful clematis

Colourful clematis for your garden Taking a sunny wander around my September garden this morning, coffee mug in hand, on a whim I decided to count up how many clematis I have in flower; I was surprised to find I have ten of these beauties giving me joy at the moment,...
Healing Plants

Healing Plants

In my previous blog ‘Living with Nature’ from November 2021, I talked about buildings incorporating plants and the outdoors to create therapeutic spaces that foster wellbeing through direct contact with nature. Overlooking, walking through and sitting amongst plants...
Andalucia’s Limestone Lovelies

Andalucia’s Limestone Lovelies

Miniature beauties Garden designers like ourselves spend a lot of time thinking about the big issues; the sweep of a garden; how it will relate to the wider environment; how best to design a satisfying layout.  But for this blog I want to go micro and look at some of...