Gardens, Wellbeing & Why

May is a month when there is no shortage of work to do in the garden but it is also a time when (we hope) the weather is warm enough to enjoy being outside with family, and soon with friends too. It is a month when many people who would never describe themselves as keen gardeners find out that...

Time to sow the seeds of success

After spending much of February and early March advising gardeners that it is too early to sow seeds, I am now reassuring people that they have not missed the boat and that early April is an ideal time to sow seeds of annual flowers and vegetables. April sees rising temperatures and noticeably longer days so that after germination your seeds...

The rise of Succulents

Alongside cacti, succulent plants are enjoying an increase in popularity at the moment.  They are primarily used as houseplants or summer patio display but there are a hardy few that will thrive outside in the UK all year round.  There is an attraction to their adaptation to ‘feast and famine’ especially if you are inclined to be erratic in...

A Gardening New Year

We are a month into the year and I am musing about when is the start of the gardening year?  February certainly sees the beginning of Spring which is generally accepted as time to sow and plant and, of course, when we see new shoots and the first flowers after winter.  However there is also a good argument that...

Supporting Wildlife in a small Garden

Working with small spaces is always challenging whether you are furnishing a room or laying out a garden.  When you cannot fit in everything that you would love to have, it is time to prioritise and that is especially tough when your small garden has to serve both family and wildlife.  An internet search for wildlife gardening quickly yields...