Lush and jungly planting at Glyndebourne

Do these plants get high on arias?  The planting in the borders at Glyndebourne is in the exuberant category.  Grounded in the  lovely bones of ha-ha  and paths and steps of brick, the shrubs and flowers seem to spring out of the beds and hurry about.  The energy is added to  by the huge view…

Rest assured at Wrest Park

Bedfordshire?  Never given it much thought beyond gritting my teeth over the drive to Luton airport.  A prejudice I don’t mind defending as many have never heard of Suffolk, where I’m from, at all. This non view got swept into a cocked hat or french drain two days back when travels along a beaded necklace…

Welcome to Hound’s-tongue

May shading into June is the best time for long country walks in the East of the country.  The wildflowers are dazzling and bewildering in their massed numbers.  They are waving in the breeze  across water meadows, down remote lanes and garlanding heathland leading to an inlet of the sea.  This past weekend the Borage…

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…

A feast of spring buds

Forget the daffodils.  The high-point  of spring is the dancing buds and dazzle of early flowers on  trees.   Warm March and the wettest week of April that I can remember has brought out that flush of new leaf colour with pleated leaves unfolding and flowers bursting out in remarkable colour. I visited a garden…

The world’s best nurseries: series 3

Santa’s Grotto or elves?  A very good way to write off a garden centre or nursery,  or so I used to think.  On the east coast of England the land is open and sandy and this makes for good growing ground – free draining and easy to work. Consequently there are quite a few nurseries…

If you go into the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise

Serried timber trees, broad trunked with fly agaric mushrooms poking through dead leaves.  Why is this the popular image  of a wood?  Should we blame Racey Helps or Beatrix Potter?  Apparently not.  According to  Oliver Rackham,  (the historian of the English countryside)  this woodland askew view is to be blamed on the  “scientists and savants…

The garden skeleton is revealed to bitter tears

Take a look at this and this: Dem bones.  I stayed up way too late last night and surfed with saddo zeal amongst the gardening blogs.  Take back saddo.   Read, laughed,  imbibed, learnt and went a little boss eyed.  Got just a little hooked.  Quite a few gardeners are posting fabulous images of their…