if your garden is bigger than a courtyard, but smaller than an acre

Garden ideas from the Ascot Garden Show

Ascot Garden Show media pass

I've just been to the Ascot Garden Show, England's newest garden show (held 13th-15th April). It can't be easy to start a garden show from scratch, but the Ascot Garden…

April 15th, 2018 - Garden travel

Daylilies are edible – how to eat from your flowerbed

Edible daylilies and more exciting plants you can eat from Incredible Edibles by Matthew Biggs

'Daylilies are edible' I said to our guests. 'So we're going to dig some up this weekend and eat them.' Everyone was very positive (although they may have been secretly…

April 8th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own

How to deal with winter damage to shrubs….

How to deal with frost damaged plants

Here in the South East (of England), we're assessing the winter damage to our gardens. The real problems weren't caused by the snow, freezing winds or low temperatures of late…

April 1st, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Tree surgeon, arborist or chain saw man? Why you need to know…

I didn't know the difference between a tree surgeon, an arborist (also known as an arboriculturalist) and a Chain Saw Man when we first moved into a garden with trees.…

March 25th, 2018 - Gardening know how

A new look at the March garden…

The March garden

What do you imagine to be the essence of a  'March garden'? January and February stand for frosts, snowdrops, the brilliant colours of cornus stems and even the last remaining…

March 18th, 2018 - Garden design, Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

How to make natural plant supports from clippings

I've seen other people make natural plant supports from clippings. But not being a very handy person, I hadn't thought of actually trying it myself. However, I can now reveal…

March 11th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Vintage & thrift

How to make your garden different with unusual plants

Canna Torch Song

I've always been slightly nervous of buying 'unusual plants.' Maybe they're just for expert gardeners? More demanding? Difficult to grow? [caption id="attachment_8517" align="alignnone" width="600"] Nandina domestica 'Richmond' is a variant…

March 4th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

8 beautifully simple garden ideas that really work

Simple garden ideas from St Erth Diggers Garden

The Diggers Club Garden of St Erth demonstrates simple garden ideas to home gardeners. It's a charming and very domestic-scale garden. Every idea in it could be taken back to…

February 25th, 2018 - Garden design, Garden travel, Gardening know how

Inspiring indoor garden pot and planter ideas

It can be difficult to find the right indoor garden pot for your newly fashionable house plant. The chain stores, such as B&Q and Ikea, do a good line in…

February 17th, 2018 - Container gardening, Garden trends & design

20+ best vegetable varieties to grow

I'm creating a super-list of the best vegetable varieties to grow. Out of curiosity, I threw myself on the mercy of Twitter. I asked the garden and allotment bloggers which…

February 11th, 2018 - Grow-your-own, Middlesized country, Vintage & thrift

YouTube gardening – discover a new world of garden gurus…

Youtube gardening - who to follow

YouTube gardening videos are a very useful resource. If you want to know how to prune roses, make a raised bed or plant potatoes, seeing it on video is fast,…

February 4th, 2018 - Garden trends & design

Is it time for a garden appraisal?

If you want to take your garden up a notch, book a garden appraisal. Maybe you've moved to a new house and you don't even know what's in your garden?…

January 28th, 2018 - Garden design, Gardening know how