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A fortnight ago I wrote about paving and terraces - thank you to all of those who commented. I am following up with another subject which has nothing at all to do with plants, but affects many of us: fences. Most people have a fence or boundary somewhere in their garden.There is ...
On Saturday I returned home after five days at the Chelsea Flower Show. As often happens when I return after being away at this time of year, everything has tripled in size, including the weeds. The winner is a rodgersia, which is now obstructing the footpath.We have a bit of wil...
of goodness). My favourite plant at this time of year is a magnificent Parthenocissus that covers an old building nearby.I like to go there every few days to watch the leaves change from deep green to pink and yellow and deep dark red. It is a truly
Although there is not a huge amount of ‘planty stuff’ to be done at this time of year, it doesn’t mean you should be sitting in a comfy chair watching afternoon television.Late winter is your last chance to sort out any hard landscaping jobs that need doing, before those little g...
tree.The area around here used to be an enormous oak forest, through which kings rode, pursuing deer and the more leaden-footed peasantry. Many of the trees were felled to build the ships that ensured Britain’s naval supremacy throughout the Napoleonic
of the Royal Hospital preparing the most spectacular show on earth.Here are some snippets from my Chelsea diary:Tuesday 17 May: I went and loitered around during build up - where we found time to make our latest Three Men Went to Mow video. During build up
to pruning. Some of you might remember the Fortnum and Mason garden designed by Robert Myers at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2007. The building at the back of the garden was covered with trained liquidambars and very effective it was.There are many reasons you
Depardieu and Andie MacDowell. A marriage of convenience so he can stay in the USA and she can get the apartment of her dreams. But any gardener will especially remember the fabulous greenhouse on top of the building.Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol 1
You might remember my blog a few months back, in which I described the appearance of a mole in my garden. The garden is situated in an old farmyard, surrounded on all four sides by buildings. The offending mole is now racing all over the place
of being inside so I occasionally have to water it in order to stop it drying out. Of course, you can build a compost bin in a much smaller area. We took advantage of the recent rainy days to turn the compost heap so it looks unbelievably beautiful