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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

What the mild weather is doing to your garden…& what you should do about it

Dream of next year's garden...

As we are experiencing the mildest winter since records began, I asked the RHS whether there was any impact on the garden. Do we need to be taking precautions? Is there anything to worry about?…

December 20th, 2015 - Gardening know how, Uncategorized

7 ways to make labelling easy

You always think you'll remember what you planted where. At least, you probably know all about labels, but it's taken me a few years to understand that, firstly, all plants (even the ones you know…

May 9th, 2015 - Uncategorized

My two best no-effort, money-saving tulips….

Tulip Queen of Night and Camassia

I don't dig up my tulips every year, and I don't want to buy bulbs every autumn. So I need tulips that will come back reliably and will look good with lots of different plants. If…

April 19th, 2014 - Uncategorized

Could your (garden) blog make money?

Clematis and tulips in the middle-sized garden

As well as writing a gardening blog, I also teach blogging. I am often asked, especially by mothers hoping to work from home, how a blog can make money. I didn't start the Middle-Sized Garden…

April 13th, 2014 - Uncategorized

How to garden with very little time or money – top 10 spring plants

Ballerina tulips with lamium

I've just discovered the advantage of being a lazy gardener. I don't do as much gardening as I ought to, mainly because I'm short of time. And filling a major flowerbed with plants is expensive…

April 6th, 2014 - Uncategorized

What ‘vintage ‘ can do for your summer bedding colours

hydrangea sargentiana, stachy, macleaya

I've been talking vintage this week. Firstly, with garden designer, Caroline Garland, who's identified 'new vintage' as an exciting new direction for people who don't want their gardens to look too stark. Secondly, I've been…

March 29th, 2014 - Uncategorized

How gardening friends can solve your problems….

gardening friends on a bucket

Gardeners and cake are a good combination. Gardeners, cake and a difficult spot in the garden are a brilliant combination. Last Sunday I hosted some gardening friends to coffee, plied them with carrot cake, then…

March 23rd, 2014 - Uncategorized

What I wish I’d known….

new stone path

It's often the little things that make a big difference. When we re-vamped our garden, we project-managed it ourselves and sometimes I didn't know enough to ask the right questions. Take the garden path. We…

March 13th, 2014 - Uncategorized

How to create a ‘vista’ in a middle-sized garden

statue in White Garden, Sissinghurst

  [caption id="attachment_232" align="alignnone" width="266"] A perfect 'vista' at Sissinghurst - a just slightly mysterious statue at the end of a path in the White Garden, Sissinghurst.[/caption] This week, I've asked landscape consultant, Matt Jackson,…

February 25th, 2014 - Uncategorized

The Minimalist Guide to Gardening

Garden compost

The three most boring gardening jobs are digging, weeding and taking stuff to the tip. And I can't dig. It always puts my back out, or my shoulder, or my leg.....I've tried smaller spades, focusing…

February 5th, 2014 - Uncategorized

If you don’t have an avenue for a snowdrop walk…

snowdrops in the woods

Snowdrops exemplify everything that's good about blogging, and also its downside. I've tried to keep a garden diary in so many ways - but have always either lost the notebook or forgotten to check the…

January 29th, 2014 - Uncategorized