What to do with a teasel

Well you can brush them over your billiard table to raise the nap.  Or point the finches in the right direction for winter feasting.  The seedheads of teasels are now not so very  more than  an eye-catching piece of design. Not so in the past.  They were vital tool in the wool industry and the…

Monochrome zone: a black and white walk round my village today

A Black and White walk round my village today. I just love it that a in a stride about outside  all bright shades have been erased and noise is muffled and bleached out. Snow glare has sapped  tone and hue from the palette and turned the gaze over to sharp silhouettes.

Designing with hedges

The landscapers are planting whips like anything right now.  Whips are twigs to you and me.  The cheapest are 20 to 30 centimetres  in height which seems like a slow  start  in the  first days of the life of a hedge.

A conservation artist to watch out for

I want to tell you a little about Lil Tudor-Craig.  She paints pictures that send shivers up the spine.  Not in a scarey sense but  just because she makes you feel that you are not opening your eyes wide enough.  As a conservationist, she is used to looking and seeing the shape of weeds or…

Le Jardin Plume

Step through a hole in the hedge off a field of stubble and you’ve got the   hallmark of Le Jardin Plume:  simple restraint.  The garden, some 20 years old, was created by the Quibels to bring attention to their nursery.   It is, as you might  guess, a plantsmans’ garden.  Not many minutes in,…

The planting in the Olympic Park

For the East Angle travelling by train, Stratford is the gateway to the City and beyond.  For years we have had to rely on the bus shelter and railway station to give a whisper of the brave new world under construction.  And now for the price of a ticket to a sporting event;  the opportunity…

And so WHAT do YOU want from your garden then?

Stripping away and paring back the overgrowth in my own plot, I have been musing and pondering the while. On the pint pot scale, this is milk bottle size and weirdly enough we have dug a rich seam of these out of the bank down the far end.  Archeology in the making.    In reality…

Catching the zeitgeist at the Hampton Court Flower Show

To be a visitor at the glossy end of flower shows is akin to watching those cookery programs on the telly.    Inspiring at one level  but at the same  confidence-dissolving  so that the watcher builds a reliance on the guru.  Simply has to rush out and buy their latest recipe book before attempting to…