A Sanctuary for Hard Times

A Sanctuary for Hard Times

“He who plants a garden plants happiness. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden.” –  Chinese Proverb So we’re all isolated, at home, many cut off from the routines and purpose a job confers. Worrying about relatives. Dealing with...
What Makes North Leeds Garden Design special?

What Makes North Leeds Garden Design special?

Award winning service We’re delighted to win the Best of Houzz badge for the quality of our service. (Houzz is a great online resource for anyone interested in high quality design for their home and garden). We’re especially pleased to get this award because it’s...
From Winter to Wonder

From Winter to Wonder

Storms Ciara and Dennis may have passed but it’s still pretty chilly outside here in Yorkshire.  Many of us like to settle down on a cold winter evening to select our summer holiday – will it be Greece this year?  Portugal? Maybe a cruise?!   Here’s a suggestion for...
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,...
An Autumn half term

An Autumn half term

As we approach the autumn equinox another half term is almost upon us. For those of us with children, or grandchildren, or nephews and nieces, or just helping look after the neighbour’s kids while they’re at work, it can be a challenging time. There’s never enough to...
How gardens can weather the storm

How gardens can weather the storm

Whilst we have been aware of climate change for a long time, this year has brought it into sharp focus. From the inspiring example of Greta Thunberg setting off a new wave of schoolkids protests, to our own Extinction Rebellion, there is a strong swell of opinion that...
A rainbow of butterflies

A rainbow of butterflies

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Wow!  What a summer it is for butterflies.   Last week I was planting a new border for a client; within minutes of planting some purple Verbena bonariensis, two Peacock butterflies had already started probing their flowers for nectar....