M is for meadows

I know that tomorrow is going to be a mother of a day, so time to get ahead with my M…. a day in July last year, when an invitation arrived to go out to lunch.

K is for Eddie Krutysza

At home, we are pickaxing up areas of the garden.  Grappling with unwanted curbstones, squinting at the winter ghosts of ground elder and hacking through shrubs to go.  As an antidote, I have been having a go at my alphabet summary of the year.  It is a verbal amuse bouche of the things I saw…

So what is this garden coaching malarkey?

Well, one big part of my  garden coaching  is designing gardens.  However a quantum shift has come over me and in the collaborative process, I am keen to get my customers to do the job themselves.  With guidance.   So here are two pictures of a new garden we are working on with views in…

Meadow Sweet: how nature heals itself

A friend of mine invited me to go and look at her hedges, latent woodland and wildflower pastures. 14 years ago she and her husband bought a large Essex field with pylons marching across the horizon, just beyond their far boundary.  All around are fields blitzed by chemicals and drilled to agricultural precision with waving…

This list makes me drool with anticipation

For pure poetry just read this about Dichelostemma Ida-Maia: “Spectacular red, yellow and green coloured flowers, shaped like cigars, opening at the tip of a wiry stem.  Named after the daughter of a Californian stage coach-driver and pollinated in the wild by humming-birds”.

Provoked to think by the Bad Tempered Gardener

I have been reading Anne Wareham’s recent blog post “It must Go” and it ties in with thinking about garden criticism – rolling the idea round like a pebble in the mouth.  Beginning with two questions: What is a garden for? What is a good garden?  I’ve had undistracted leisure to do so on a…

Halloween Horror

No, this is not a camel with 16 heads.  It is a plane tree in St Jean Pied de Port.  Why has it been pollarded way before leaf fall?

Some advice on green manure crops, please!

In the blink of a few weeks the experimental green manure patch of Phacelia tanacetifolia has gone from this to this: The heat and drought has rushed the crop through to maturity.  So now what do I do with it?  Wait? Chop it up and fork it in? How long before I can sow again?…

Best/worst front gardens – series 4

Too long since the front gardens got scrutinised and now once more, the pull is topiary.   I rate this garden *** as long as I can have the house too – or at least a porch and facade as red bricky as this one: Ratings explained: *         call for a…