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Supporting our hedgehogs

Supporting our hedgehogs

Friday, November 30, 2018

Not only are they adorable creatures, hedgehogs are great for our gardens, feeding on garden pests such as slugs, caterpillars and leatherjackets. But their numbers are falling. There were an estimated 36.5 million in the 1950’s which reduced to 1.5... Read More

Refreshing borders

Refreshing borders

Friday, October 26, 2018

Autumn is a great time to take stock of your garden and make improvements, or at least start planning for next year. Even after planting a garden from scratch, some attention is required after a few years and more mature gardens may need more drastic... Read More

Autumn Maintenance

Autumn Maintenance

Thursday, October 4, 2018

During the summer you can relax and enjoy your garden, but autumn is a key time for some important maintenance tasks. Tidying faded perennials A lot of perennials will start to die down from early October onwards. Some plants can stand upright for a... Read More

New garden 4 years on

New garden 4 years on

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Last summer the remaining two thirds of the garden was landscaped which has meant that I have had fun planting last autumn and this spring. My approach to the garden was firstly to make a list of plants that I wanted to grow, and plan where the structural... Read More

Summer Watering

Summer Watering

Friday, August 3, 2018

Summer watering in the garden  Usually, established plants have deep enough roots to access water deep in the ground and do not need additional watering. However, young and new plants of less than 2 years old (3 or more for trees) may need additional... Read More

Bio-security

Bio-security

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Biosecurity – preventing the spread of pests and diseases  There has been a wave of non-native horticultural pests in recent years, the most widely known being ash die-back. In their natural environment these organisms are not a problem as they... Read More

New garden - one year on

New garden - one year on

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I don’t think there have been many weekends since we moved into the new house last November that we have not worked on the garden and thankfully we feel that it has moved on a lot. The worst area was the fruit and vegetable garden as the timber of... Read More

Continuity of Interest

Continuity of Interest

Monday, March 9, 2015

One of the most important elements to a garden design for most clients is ‘all year interest’ with respect to the planting. Choosing plants that flower in different seasons will do the job, but to really provide a good continuity of interest a... Read More

Creating a new garden

Creating a new garden

Monday, February 16, 2015

Having recently taken possession of a new garden – at the moment about 50m of which is knee high weeds, crumbling brickwork and rotting timber– I am pondering over what to try and keep and what needs to go. The garden was tended by the same... Read More

Japanese gardens

Japanese gardens

Monday, September 23, 2013

When I talk to people about what they would like to include in their new garden there is often a hint towards the Japanese. Perhaps there is something about the elements of a Japanese garden which confer some of the calmness that a Japanese garden achieves,... Read More

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