Preparing the garden for winter

November 9, 2013

  Autumn leaves are falling fast, daylight hours receding meaning that winter is almost upon us. So what should we do to prepare our gardens for the onslaught of the inevitable cold, wet weather?   Here’s a reminder:   Clear the fallen leaves from paths and lawns.   Move terracotta pots and ceramic containers close […]

The first year – potatoes and weeds (by Mr Pot allotment blogger)

March 17, 2012

  The inherited potato crop   Well, the potatoes seemed to come up. Sort of. Sadly there wasn’t a lot beneath the surface as I suspect the poor plants were fighting off the bindweed and perhaps also didn’t have a lot of goodness from which to make their spuds. The bindweed had to be tackled. […]

Tree and shrub planting season

December 30, 2011

  With the festivities over and a new year begun there is no need to need to hibernate indoors! What better way to kick off the gardening year than by planting a new tree to bring interest and pleasure for years to come.   Between October and April is the optimum time for planting hardy […]

Bulb Service (2011)

August 31, 2011
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Bulbs are often the last stage in planning a new planting scheme but they are not to be underestimated. They offer so much in terms of “extra sparkle” in the garden and never is this more evident than when they emerge in the early spring, to lift our spirits after the grey of winter.   […]

Islington Garden re-visit

May 9, 2011

In late April I was invited to re-visit a London garden that I’d designed and Barrie had built, some years back. My client felt that she needed some help getting things back under control and to give the garden a “refresh”.   A little nervous to see how this typically small, city garden had fared, […]