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Are you embarrassed by your Latin plant names skills?

Latin plant names demystified

Do you avoid using Latin names for plants? Do they seem too complicated or even unnecessary? After all, we can all have beautiful gardens without knowing the Latin names of our plants. So I try…

November 18th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

No dig flower borders – easy, weed-free and brilliant

No dig flower borders

I've always wondered about 'no dig flower borders' for annuals, shrubs and perennials. Not that I ever do much digging. But I wondered if the principles of no dig veg and no dig flower borders…

September 2nd, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

How to create a beautiful mini meadow garden

Do you fancy a mini meadow garden? I've seen several beautiful strips of wildflower meadow in show gardens this year. And also in friends' gardens. Ever since the 2012 London Olympics, meadow gardens have been…

June 24th, 2018 - Town gardens, Wildlife & eco

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

What is ‘re-wilding’ and why does it matter to you?

I first heard the term 're-wilding' at Glee 2017, the horticultural trades show. It's one of the big new trends in gardening. It means appreciating, re-introducing or conserving the wild plants, animals and bugs that…

January 21st, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

Natural dye from your garden – beautiful, creative and easy

Yasmin Hossain makes natural dye from garden plants. She uses it to dye beautiful silk and wool fabrics. And I believe that grow-your-own dyes from garden plants is a trend that will grow enormously in…

January 14th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco

Are we seeing a new direction in weeds?

Is it my imagination or are we seeing more 'weeds' in gardens now? I don't mean gardens that look unkempt. Some of the prettiest gardens now unashamedly seem to have weeds sprouting alongside the bedding.…

June 11th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

Effective medicinal plants to grow in your garden

You could grow many useful medicinal plants in your garden

Until 100 years ago, we used medicinal plants to treat most illnesses. And, according to a new book, The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants, they still do in Africa, Asia and South America. Even the chemical…

February 5th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco

What makes a good wildlife garden?

A perfect wildlife garden - the Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham

What do you consider to be a 'wildlife garden'? Do you think it means weeds and untidiness? Or a great deal of hard work? In fact, a wildlife garden can be smart or scruffy. It…

January 15th, 2017 - Wildlife & eco

Christmas garden decorations – how to be festive and wildlife-friendly

Garden Christmas decorations

Christmas garden decorations. Do you love them, or do you worry about light pollution? Decorating your garden at Christmas is a trend that has crept over from the US. When we went to Virginia in…

December 4th, 2016 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco

12 easy ways to help wildlife in your garden now

Easy ways to help wildlife in your garden now

When did you last wash out the bird bath? I keep walking past mine, thinking 'must do something about that.' It's so easy to forget. Time goes by. So this weekend is my 'wildlife friendly audit'.…

April 3rd, 2016 - Wildlife & eco

How to create stunning dyes from your garden plants

Elderberry plant dye

Did you know that you can make literally hundreds of dyes from your garden plants? As you harvest your first rhubarb of the year, don't throw the leaves into the compost. Boil them up to…

March 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Vintage & thrift, Wildlife & eco