Case Study: Maximalist City Garden

The inside of the client’s home is a riot of colour and pattern, with something different to look at everywhere you turn. The client has their home exactly how they want it – as fodder for their creativity and inspiration for their artistry. But they struggled to determine how to translate their preferred aesthetic intoContinue reading “Case Study: Maximalist City Garden”

A Few Photos From the Forest Garden

It is a beautiful and very warm day today, and I thought that I would take the opportunity to take a few photos in the forest garden. Without much comment then, here are some images of my wild little food-filled ‘paradise’: Yes, it is wild and very overgrown at this time of year. Yes, thereContinue reading “A Few Photos From the Forest Garden”

Don’t Deadhead All Your Roses

Traditional gardeners will often tell you to deadhead all your roses. Many gardeners will zealously deadhead their roses throughout the growing season, no matter what type of rose they are dealing with. But deadheading too zealously can mean that you lose out on rose hips later in the year. I do deadhead some repeat-flowering shrubContinue reading “Don’t Deadhead All Your Roses”

Lilac in the Garden

Today we spent some time relaxing in the sunshine enjoying the scent of the lilacs close by. We really enjoy the look and smell of the lilacs in the garden. There are two mature lilac trees on the border of the back garden which were here when we moved in. One is a lilac lilacContinue reading “Lilac in the Garden”

Visitors on the Blossom

The apple trees are in full blossom now, finally, after a very late start this year. And the cherry blossoms are just going over. Now that fine weather has finally arrived, over the last few days, the forest garden is really buzzing with life. Over the time that we have lived here and managed ourContinue reading “Visitors on the Blossom”

Birdwatching in the Garden

We are very lucky here to share our space with a wide range of different birds. We have lots of pigeons, jackdaws, and the summer visiting swallows diving in and out of a barn adjacent to the barn we are converting. And of course, many common garden and woodland birds. Today, we had a newContinue reading “Birdwatching in the Garden”

World National Bee Day

Bee kind. Think about bees and the crucial role they play in pollination and our ecosystems, and take steps to attract and protect native bees in your garden. Large or small, you can make your garden into a haven for bees. Make sure that you garden organically and don’t use any polluting chemicals that harmContinue reading “World National Bee Day”

Case Study – Rain Garden

This is an example of water management in a small front garden in England. The garden is currently a scrubby area of lawn, with an old driveway and a few overgrown shrubs around the edge. The primary goal for the design was to prevent a small issue with water-logging to the side of the driveway,Continue reading “Case Study – Rain Garden”

Attracting Butterflies in a Garden

One of the most important things in organic gardening is, of course, making sure that we welcome in wildlife in our gardens. Butterflies are one of the many creatures that we should aim to attract. In addition to the ecological services they provide, butterflies are, of course, attractive creatures. Seeing them alighting on our flowersContinue reading “Attracting Butterflies in a Garden”

Wildlife Pond Tips

I have spoken before about how wonderful a wildlife pond can be, and what a good idea it can often be to add a pond to your property. I recently wrote this article for Treehugger on the subject – with simple tips for anyone who is thinking about creating a wildlife pond and would likeContinue reading “Wildlife Pond Tips”