Doing it with vegetables: a bit of a rant on the part of garden designers

The non glossy but very cool Garden Design Journal often has a thought provoking contribution from Tim Richardson. His latest, for September,  will raise a show of hands from garden designers who do not belong to the  BGP. (Big Gun Posse) As one of those types of designer – ie the slightly disgruntled second division…

Catalogue of desire

Catalogue time is here again.  All through the summer they have been thumping through the letter box.  A dusty pile has grown in the corner.  In and out of a pink basket and to Edinburgh and the seaside and back.  Unread but then August is like that:  a month of neglect.  It is either too…

Pattern of the DAY

Chestnut trunk covered with lichen beards in Tuscan wood. Please do follow us!

The tree I would most like to party under is Larix x marschlinsii

To stand under  a full grown specimen can provoke a desire to twist strings of fairy lights,  hang lanterns and have a party. The branches of Larix x marschlinsii  sweep and curve downwards and act as a giant awning.  And the space beneath this is large and beautiful, prompting a peering up through the undersides…

WWOOFING: a short guide to success

“I cultivate 1 hectare of aromatic herbs and collect wild herbs too, I also have 2 hectares of woodland and 9 donkeys.  The work is mainly manual:  hoeing, weeding, harvesting and drying herbs, harvesting saffron and the taking the donkeys to pasture and clearing in the woods.  We prepare meals and eat in the fields …