Spring is on its way!

Spring is on its way!

Things are stirring in the garden and the early flowering plants are coming to life. Despite the February temperatures, many plants are responding to the longer hours of daylight and are preparing to make their show, to delight us all. Snowdrops and Hellebores are...
Sweetly scented winter shrubs

Sweetly scented winter shrubs

In the short dark days of winter, we hope for some extra cheer from our gardens. The bonus comes when you get a sweetly scented flowering shrub which gives of it’s best in the middle of winter. Here are a few of my favourites: Witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis and H....
Regenerative Gardens

Regenerative Gardens

Mental Health UK has a section on its website about how to handle ‘Climate Anxiety’, the name given to a feeling of fear or stress about what the adverse effects of a warming planet caused by carbon dioxide emissions will be. Even with news of depleting glaciers,...
Plants for free

Plants for free

Shopping for plants is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.  But cheaper and more satisfying, and the easiest way to ensure your garden, balcony or pots are always full of flowering plants, is to divide and pot up the ones you have, or save the seeds.  Then enjoy them...
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...
An introduction to Green Roofs

An introduction to Green Roofs

Green roofs, also known as living roofs, are simply roofs designed to grow plants on top of them. They are not just reserved for the likes of hobbit houses, as the excellent insulating properties of the combined plant and soil layers help retain a building’s heat in...
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...