Garden Media Guild visit to Southwood Lodge

Last week, having spent a marvellous morning at Mona's Garden in Highgate, London, our group of Garden Media Guild members proceeded to Southwood Lodge, a handsome 18th century house set amidst a most charming garden. The house has previously functioned as a care home and school, but in 1963 it was purchased by an architect … Continue reading Garden Media Guild visit to Southwood Lodge

Six on Saturday – Basking in Bark!

With Autumn well and truly over, deciduous trees are almost leafless and the eyes are now drawn to a plethora of fascinating bark. Many trees sit through winter looking distinctly lifeless, but others continue to shine, providing interest in our parks and gardens during the darkest months. These six caught my attention today, both at … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Basking in Bark!

Six from a Wet Walsall Arboretum!

Late this wet and windy afternoon and with very little enthusiasm, I ventured out with Ollie for a walk in Walsall Arboretum - and it turned out to be surprisingly pleasant. The wind dropped, the rain stopped and we meandered through the trees and ignored the muddy terrain, sticking mainly to the pathways. The trees … Continue reading Six from a Wet Walsall Arboretum!

Impact or Invasion? My Love ’em or Leave ’em Plants

I've just been admiring a swathe of euphorbia amiglioides 'Robbiae' with its acid yellow flowers and glossy leaves glistening under a light drizzle. I say admiring, which is my immediate reaction, but really I should be asking myself why it's there at all, as over the years I've made quite a few attempts to get … Continue reading Impact or Invasion? My Love ’em or Leave ’em Plants