Category Archives: Growing vegetables

July Stars of the Show

Well it really has been a fabulous week in the garden.. the sun, the rain, the sun, the rain, mid-summer joy with still plenty more excitement to come.  So let’s just immerse ourselves in what we have now…


Crying out to be a crumble. They look so moreish.


Dahlias, sweet peas and Salvias

The most delicious courgettes  (seed supplied by Marshalls) roasted or steamed yum yum yum.


Philadelphus – the most delightful flowering shrub in the borders right now. The perfume from the flowers just blows you away and they last and last in a jug. J’adore…


Lilium regale album.  I really wasn’t sure they would survive in this heavy clay soil, but 3 years on they are thriving.  You could stake every single one to stand upright, but in my mind that is way too many stakes and string. Let them reach out. The perfume is glorious.


The white and yellow sings out with the yellow Corydalis rooting itself in the brickwork behind.



More Lilium regale in the raised beds by the patio.  Mixed with a purple Heuchera, sombre Sweet Williams, Alliums of all shapes and sizes and the lime green Cotinus  (smoke bush).. I’m happy with this.


Finally, Pauline is let loose with the hedge-trimmer.  She makes a fabulous job of the Beech hedge despite it being her first time with the mean machine.

“All for one, and one for all”


De Kas Restaurant and Kitchen Garden, Amsterdam

From garden to table, another extraordinary vegetarian restaurant with Chefs passionate about the food we eat, in a perfectly beautiful setting:

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Thank you to The Garden House, Brighton, for bringing us here CHEERS!

Visit to Villa Augustus, Dordrecht, The Netherlands



I went travelling with a group of garden enthusiasts on a trip organised by Bridget and Deborah from The Garden House Brighton.

One of the wonderful gardens we explored was Villa Augustus just outside Amsterdam. The Organic Kitchen garden certainly had the wow factor and is one to aspire to recreate. Carefully planned to provide fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs for the packed restaurant and buzzing clientele.

Flowers were growing in great combinations side by side the vegetables drawing a wealth of pollinating insects to the garden.

Fruit grown on cordons lined the paths making clever use of the space available and statues, a fountain, seating and a rill the length of the garden added surprise and charm to the practical rows of vegetables.

This is very much a ‘working’ garden, very well presented and inspiring to be in,  despite the cloudy skies and rainy day.


Lovely combination of Cosmos ‘Purity’ and white alliums
The beautiful flowers of Ipomea intertwined with the runner beans





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Zinnias and Cosmos