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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 seedheads. By April, there are…

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 - it is really easy.…

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 that has berries on it…

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 your garden, wherever you live,…

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

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? Or your life has changed…

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

How to find a gardener who’s perfect for your garden

What's the first thing you think about when you decide to find a gardener? Is it 'how much does a gardener cost?' Or 'how do I find a gardener who will make my garden look…

January 7th, 2018 - Gardening know how

Don’t dig up dahlias for winter! What to do instead….

Henriette dahlia over-winters well.

I don't dig up dahlias to store them at the end of the summer. I’ve been growing dahlias for fifteen years, and I only dug a few up once. They died. But the dahlias I've…

November 12th, 2017 - Gardening know how, Uncategorized

How to make a terrarium that won’t die in 6 weeks

Me and my terrarium.

The terrarium is back in fashion. You probably last saw one in the 1970s, gathering dust in Great-aunt Agatha's musty Victorian interior. Now you might expect to find them in hipster home stores, or on…

September 24th, 2017 - Container gardening, Gardening know how

Which hedge is right for my garden?

A friend recently asked me which hedge she should choose for her garden. It's a bit like being asked for the answer to world peace. It's rather a big question. [caption id="attachment_7092" align="alignnone" width="600"] Garden…

July 23rd, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens

Espaliered fruit trees – the perfect solution for small spaces

How to grow espaliered fruit trees for your middle-sized garden

Espaliered fruit trees are probably the smartest trees to look at in winter, with their tailored elegance. [caption id="attachment_5755" align="alignnone" width="800"] As smart as anything from a Saville Row tailor - an espaliered pear at…

January 22nd, 2017 - Gardening know how, Grow-your-own, Town gardens

Is it time to change your mind about a chainsaw?

We are not a chainsaw household. However, we do have six or seven trees in the garden. We have them professionally pruned, but pay extra to have the wood chopped up. And a chopped-up Christmas…

January 6th, 2017 - Gardening know how

10 creative ways to improve your winter garden

Summer plants that look good in a winter garden

What does your winter garden look like? Do you even have a 'winter garden' as such? I find that the garden becomes a bit of a dumping ground between November and February. But sometimes the…

November 13th, 2016 - Garden trends & design, Gardening know how