So, David Hockney it is over, but not quite.

Thousands of us  stood and jostled  in the grand rooms up the stair of the Royal Academy to see the rendering of our countryside by David Hockney.  And returned home with eyes on stalks to stare at our surrounding woods and fields.  To look at them anew without the mind overpowering  the senses.  I have…

What is the best way to deal with a lollipop hedge?

Now what is that?  I have not taken flight for Honeydukes  or gone Munchkin in the head. To keep the rabbits off, the new hedge plants get a bamboo cane to prop them up and over that gets popped the spiral tube.  And so the hedgling plant grows away. The tube is see through and…

The very lonely Christmas tree

A Saturday stroll took us past St Pauls Cathedral and  the tent village.  It is looking permanent and not too uncomfortable.  Free books and beanbags to sit on beckoned.  An upright piano on a pallet and under awning suggested dancing and carousing later.  The plane tree in the middle was celebrating with banners, baby bootees…

Well Hello Window Boxes

Hmmmmmmmmm, those tidy little planted patches  outside slick offices.  An urban phenomenon.  Downtown there are guys who are primping the spotted laurel nestling with showy cyclamens.  It all looks so cool.  My remit is to go a little outside the oh-so-smart financial areas and see how the free-style window box is making a  mark. Well,…

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…