When you're looking forward to next years garden, it's obviously a good idea to have a plan and at the moment I've got visions of wonderful swathes of flower filled borders all year round! This vision is not new - but in certain areas of the garden, my ambition has not been realised - for … Continue reading Wallflowers – Spring Plans!
The borough of Walsall gets a lot of poor press, often unfairly in my view. It has a diverse population, generally living comfortably together. Unfortunately there are also high levels of poverty and health, social and economic issues to contend with. Recently, the town centre appears to have entered a slow decline, with the closure … Continue reading A walk in the park – Walsall Arboretum
An unexpectedly sunny afternoon after our early morning drive from the West Midlands to Aberglasne saw Chris pondering on just how much he should be pruning off a mixed hedge and a berberis thunbergiii 'Pink Queen" This'll be a job to keep us busy tomorrow, but we're happy to see that there's been enough rain to … Continue reading Pruning dilemma and more: from Wales
Two of my close friends recently visited Monet's Garden in Giverny and came back with a gift for me - a wonderful book detailing the garden's history and planting calendar. I was particularly struck by the use of wallflower 'Ruby Gem' and as I had already sown a tray of bright red wallflower seeds with … Continue reading First greenhouse casualty!
We recently spent a week holidaying in Mallorca, at a hotel with a fabulous garden lovingly developed alongside the expansion of its buildings over many decades. The Bon Sol in Illetes, approximately 7 miles from Palma, is a family run hotel built on several levels in a small, quiet bay. The garden weaves and winds … Continue reading A little bit of Bon Sol
It's been a while since I've posted about the garden in Wales, and after a week of toil, here's an update! Fine weather persisted, broken only by just an afternoon of heavy rain before the sun came out again. The garden certainly needs water - we've never seen it so dry and after several years of … Continue reading A few words from Wales
Short but sweet - I've had some good news, I entered my April 8th blog post into a competition at KLC School of Design - and it won the 'Garden Design' category! Sense Sensation – Designing a Sensory Garden
Never in my wildest dreams did I believe I'd be the proud owner of such a beautiful greenhouse, what a great building - a fantastic job by master craftsman, Robin MacGregor of Green Bug Greenhouses: In the intense heat of last week, Robin built this truly fabulous addition to our garden and I can't thank … Continue reading I’ve got a fantastic Greenhouse!
We're now well into rose season and I thought I'd share a few favourites from our gardens, along with some tips about caring for them which seem to work for us - for me the tests of success are in an abundance of flowers and a lack of pests and disease. I recently shared a … Continue reading Roses
My greenhouse base has been built this week - not straightforward, but it's holding such promise! I'm really impressed with the workmanship of Robin McGregor of Green Bug Ltd (www.green-bug.co.uk), he offers a range of designs and bespoke services, with the build including brick bases, frames and indoor shelving. The week started on bank holiday … Continue reading Greenhouse on the way!