As you can see the vegetable garden is pretty productive at the moment. The Carrots were very temperamental, with only about one-third of them germinating. … read more
Playing around with the depth of focus on my camera, then layering the images in sequence produced these rather dreamy effects…
Many plants self-seed in the woodland garden – a sign that they feel sufficiently at home to start a family. They often pop up in surprising … read more
Nothing helps shorten the seemingly interminable English winter more than early spring bulbs – bright and hopeful in the brief moments of sunlight that pierce our typical grey skies. In this regard the green roof has proved itself unexpectedly successful, and created a fantastic display (of which the above is just a tiny portion) far earlier in the year than I expected.
Raised beds do not have to be simple rectangles. Raised bedsI use raised beds in many parts of the gardens here at Rosemary Cottage. … read more
Wow! I only sowed these in late March and yet they have grown to grapefruit size already! The bed is only a 4ft square, but … read more
Here is a view across part of the green roof, showing how far it has come on since my last Green Roof update. The plants have become establishes, and I have added many new plants which are all thriving in just 7 to 13cm of soil, with only occasional watering – once or twice per month – to help them through their first year.
Extraordinary colouration, vivid markings and the complex orchid-like form of the Gladdon (Iris foetidissima) can stop you in your tracks when you come upon it like … read more
In my garden Aquilegia hybridise and self seed with abandon. The colours and flower shapes vary from plant to plant, with pastel shades of deep mauve, plum, … read more
Sweet Cicely, (Myrrhis odorata) is a wonderful but underrated umbellifer, native to the UK and central Europe, that thrives in part shade. It is edible, both the … read more