Winter Reflections

I’m sitting at my desk, wearing thermals under a woolly jumper, and grabbing a few minutes to write before venturing out into the cold to do a survey for a new garden design. It’s taken me weeks, as usual, to come to terms with and embrace the fact that winter is inevitably here. I have lived in the UK for… Read more →

Autumn Reflections

It’s been quite a year of change for my garden, and for me too, actually. I always find myself reflecting on the past year in autumn, rather than at new year. I think it’s because the gardening season is coming to an end, and most plants are going into dormancy. Perhaps this is the time of year when all gardeners get a… Read more →

Rare Exotics & Tree Hugging :: Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

In the last week of the summer holidays, we booked a last minute, cheap-as-chips, static caravan, and headed up to the north Norfolk cost for a few days. It was, as always, heavenly up there! We had ice cream every day, ate fish finger sandwiches on the beach, went rock-pooling and fossil hunting, and generally had a jolly British beach holiday. I even… Read more →

Coping With The Drought :: Sun Lovers

This is certainly proving to be the year to judge whether I have planted the right plant in the right place in my garden. Not only are we experiencing the driest summer in Norfolk since 1965 (or something like that, don’t quote me!), I have also lost two large trees this year. A pair of Norway Maples were taken down because they were… Read more →

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2018

It’s been a few weeks since the Hampton Court Flower Show. There is always so much garden inspiration to be had there, but visiting the show can be quite an overwhelming experience. The huge crowds, seemingly inevitable collisions between my feet and other people’s plant trolleys, insanely hot weather, onslaught of sights, sounds and smells – intensely fragrant lilies and roses, overheating bins and food… Read more →

Gardens in Kenya :: When Houseplants Go Wild

The title of this post should really be: That moment when you realise that all of your house plants in England are actually regular garden plants in tropical countries and really just want to romp away and become huge, exuberant specimens! But what would be far too long, and my WordPress blog interface would shout at me about ‘readability’ and ‘SEO’ and other such things I don’t… Read more →

The Garden Awakes :: A (Mostly) Walled Garden In Norwich

Today was a glorious day to be a professional gardener. I was working in the (mostly) walled garden of a stunning, mid-19th century terraced house in Norwich. The garden backs on to the original coach house, which is shaded by an unusual white mulberry tree. This back area is where I had my tea break this morning, and where I watched the frogs getting busy in the… Read more →

Winter Cherry Blossom To Banish Your Blues

It’s February. Finally!! I don’t get on with January. It’s too grey, too cold, too dull, and too not-Christmas. But February is nearly spring. So I like it. One thing that has helped me get me through the particularly dreadful weather and cold/flu season that was January 2018, was the winter-flowering cherry tree in our front garden. I love this… Read more →