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Spring Growth12/05/2017

Just before Christmas I posted how we changed a rather boring large lawned garden into something a bit more interesting with large borders and circular tiered lawns.

The post showed the process we used, so there wasn’t too much to …

Autumn Planting06/12/2016

Having lived with our garden for 6 years we decided to make it a bit more interesting. A bit less lawn, a few more borders, a wildlife cottage garden with circular lawns on different levels.

Before we started the garden …

edible garden hedge23/11/2015

Why would you want to have a hedge in your garden? There are many reasons to have a hedge. Hedges don’t tend to blow over in the wind. They do not need painting or preserving with chemicals. They slow the …

Decorating the Garden with Bulbs30/10/2015

It is at this time of the year I begin planning the garden for the next. Obviously I am still enjoying this season too. My Amelanchier lamarkii is on fire with red, orange and yellow autumn leaves, there are still …

stop tidying the garden19/10/2015

Soon many of you will begin tidying up your borders for winter. Before you do; stop and think. Why are you doing it? Is it because you want it to look better? If you clear all the stems and flower …

naturalistic plants for the garden03/10/2015

Last night I gave a talk on Naturalistic Planting at the Wivenhoe Watching Wildlife autumn event. As always, Chris, Glyn and Greg were on top form and the evening was packed full of interesting information about our local wildlife and …

Toad in the Hole in the Garden30/09/2015

Bufo bufo; the common toad. Not the most buff of animals I know. In fact they are a bit of an underdog when it comes to protecting wildlife. Maybe that’s why I like them so much; or it could …

The tree; or not the tree?16/09/2015

Every garden we visit is very different which is why I love my work. One of our recent jobs was to help create a quiet garden. This might seem quite a simple matter; however, the garden in question was right …

gardening with soil26/08/2015

Soil is probably our most valuable resource yet it is probably our least valued. It is also poorly understood and mistreated on a massive scale all over the country. However,there are many people that do treat their dirt with the …

gardening with grasses21/08/2015

While on my holiday I was talking to someone about my work as a garden designer. When ornamental grasses came up in the conversation the person I was talking to burst into a fit of laughter. It turns out his …