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Gardening trousers and other useful kit

Brilliant gardening trousers and other useful kit

I had never considered buying gardening trousers. Because I work from home, I garden in short snatches and stolen moments. I didn’t think it would be worth changing trousers just…

January 6th, 2019

Posted In: Middlesized country, Shop, Town gardens


Silver birch is a striking tree

My best autumn trees for small gardens

Autumn trees are the stars in my November garden. My top five trees are: Smokebush (Cotinus coggyria Crab apple trees (esp Malus ‘Gorgeous’) Heritage fruit trees such as quince and…

November 25th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens


how to find a healing garden

My escape from fear to a healing garden

Many people are now talking openly about their physical and mental challenges and how their garden or gardening has helped them.   I want to talk about my story of trauma,…

November 11th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Find out which nutrients your soil lacks with a soil test

Do you really need to do a soil test?

‘So how many people in this room have done a soil test?’ This question was asked by garden designer Adam Frost at a recent talk at the Painters Forstal Gardening…

November 4th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Cornus are good in autumn as well as winter

Autumn garden ideas – what works and what doesn’t

This year’s autumn garden has taught me a lot about choosing plants for late-season colour. I’ve always thought of trees and leaf colour as the defining element of an autumn…

October 28th, 2018

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Adam Frost’s top tips for your garden redesign

I asked garden designer Adam Frost  about garden redesign. Especially if you have a middlesized garden and have recently moved in. (‘Recently’ in garden terms can be years, as we…

October 14th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Vintage French chairs

30 inspiring ideas for beautiful garden seating

Garden seating is so much more than just a place to sit. A bench can be a focal point, work like a piece of sculpture, can punctuate a hedge or…

August 5th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Why a small garden needs a big idea

Why a successful small garden needs a big idea

A small garden needs a big idea. You can let a larger garden evolve – and by ‘larger’ I mean any garden more than about 100ft long or quarter of…

July 22nd, 2018

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Plants which are fine in a windy garden will self-seed and spread

The best windy garden plants and solutions

I’ve recently been asked about plants and solutions for a windy garden. Even if you don’t have a windy garden, you probably have a windy spot. Our walled garden gets…

July 15th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Middlesized country


Save time and money with plants that grow themselves. 25 gorgeous self-seeding plants. #gardening

The 25 best self-seeding plants to save you time and money

Self-seeding plants are the key to gardening on automatic. The less you do, the more they grow. And they’re free. You buy one packet of seeds or one plant, and…

June 10th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Shady border tips

A shady border – the best (and easiest) part of your garden?

My shady border is probably better for longer than anywhere else in the garden. Although I do far less work in it – less planting and weeding – than I…

May 6th, 2018

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How to deal with frost damaged plants

How to deal with winter damage to shrubs….

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

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