The summer holidays have been here for a few weeks already and it's been quite busy. So busy the garden has become slightly overgrown and neglected. When I went on maternity leave I had envisioned lots of free time to lay in the sun and read books, potter in the garden become a lady of leisure. I was … Continue reading Gathering inspiration
For Pollinator Awareness Week here's a quick guide on ten ways you can help pollinators in your garden whether you rent it or not. 1 - Plant as many different pollinator-friendly flowers as you can Variety is key. The more different flowers you plant, the more likely you will attract a range of different pollinators. … Continue reading 5 Easy Ways to Help Pollinators in your Garden
This week (13th - 19th July) it is 'Pollinator Awareness Week' and a perfect time to discuss the different plants that we can, as gardeners, provide for pollinators in our own little patches of green space. I'd like to to so by looking into some of the different native and non-native plants in my own … Continue reading Choosing Garden Plants for Pollinators; Natives or Non-natives?
Last year was the first year I had grown more than a few runner beans and couple of tomato plants. To say it didn't quite go as I had planned is one way of putting it - another would be 'complete disaster'. Read on and I'll explain why. Last year we decided to dedicate a good portion … Continue reading Building a veg patch
Ragwort - Senecio jacobaea is a contentious topic I've noticed recently. When ever a photo is posted for identification on different Facebook groups I am following, the comments show a big divide of opinion and the same myths are often used in arguing for its eradication. For those of you who are unaware of this native plant … Continue reading Ragwort – dispelling the myths
I woke up on Thursday with that giddy 'going on holiday' feeling in my stomach. But I wasn't heading off on a jet plane, instead I was driving down the road to Hampton Court Flower Show with my partner's mother. We arrived without any traffic hassles which was a surprise and after negotiating the pushchair … Continue reading Hampton Court Flower Show 2015
It began in Barnes...leafy, lovely Barnes. We were renting the cottage above, and beside a small patch of grass with a narrow flowerbed border and a rear 'courtyard garden' (estate agent speak for small concreted square), what you can see is pretty much what we had to work with. I loved it. It was mine … Continue reading Where it all began
I’m going to kick this blog off with a post about my favourite part of the garden; the pond. It’s my favourite for many reasons but the main two are that it didn’t cost us anything to install and it attracts so much wildlife to the garden. I really think that having a pond, no … Continue reading The Pond – Part 1: Creating a home for the frogs