The Journey from Garden to Vase…

Today, on our weekly visit to Newtimber Place garden, we were discussing how fast the scenery changes in the garden, particularly at this time of year. The cherry blossom was stunningly beautiful but gone after just a couple of weeks. We saw it twice.  Luckily this was followed by the apple blossom and shortly the Philadelphus will be flowering. All these wonderful flowering trees and shrubs in our gardens and yet we tend to stick with bought flowers for our homes.  Many of which have been flown in from faraway lands.

Let’s rejoice in our Spring Summer Autumn and Winter and bring our gardens into the home! Let these seasons pervade our houses in vases to try and eek out every moment of their beauty and scent whilst wandering from room to room.

The very lovely and creative Floral Artist, Beata Burke, and I have decided to bring you some ideas for a seasonal arrangement, picked directly from the garden.  Many of you won’t have access to all the choice we have here at Newtimber, but you may be surprised to have some of the plants and at least find some inspiration from our choices…


Here is Bea gathering the goodies.  All you need is a sharp pair of secateurs and half a bucket of water.


Weeping Pear - Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula'
Weeping Pear – Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’
Copper Beech
Copper Beech
Cow parsley
Cow parsley

She also picked some Honey suckle,  blossoming Crab apple and cow parsley


Crab Apple
Crab Apple



The Grand Finale



Bea’s business ethos is to use  British  grown seasonal plants in her designs.  To see more of Beata’s work you can visit her website…

To stay in one of the holiday cottages at Newtimber Place, please visit the website…

Spring Showstoppers

Oh wow, higher temperatures and a sprinkling of rain and the gardens have gone native. I literally walked round with an open mouth, in shock, at the incredible amount of growth in a week.

When Mother Nature puts her mind to it, she can really overwhelm us.

However there’s no time to stand and gawp when there’s work  to be done…

We’ve waged war on the Spanish Bluebell  over the last couple of weeks and  created a mountain of the invaders.  It’s an impossible task to get rid of them all in one year but we have made a start and set the bar for the future.


The top pile are the Spanish, bottom are the dainty English ‘bells.


Now is the time to buy seed of Biennials ready to sow (in the next few weeks) and grow for flowers next year.  Along with Foxgloves and Hollyhocks, a must have plant is this stunning variegated white Honesty..




If you have your hand in your purse and space for more plants another great purchase would be 20-30 bulbs (more if you can afford it) of beautiful blue Camassia. Good positioned in dappled shade and moist soil.


The first Peonies are nearly over with the promise of more to come.

No garden should be without..



We’ve provided them with these ‘living willow’ supports as the flower heads get too heavy when it rains.

That’s the fun bit over, now back to the weeding 🙁

Back in the driving seat


A year ago I put in an offer on a new place to live. I won the bid and bought myself a wreck of a home that has taken this long to make  habitable.  It has taken a whole year out of my gardening life and blog to move and put down roots in a new home..Finally I feel like I have arrived.

I have continued to garden during the year but my heart has been elsewhere. Naturally, I have focused on interiors rather than exteriors. When you don’t have a bathroom or kitchen your priorities change..    Gardening,  however, has kept me grounded during this transient period of my life, such a therapeutic profession.

My heart lies with both Architecture and Horticulture and  marrying of the two. The first most often inspired by the second.  I have moved into a Georgian property where the proportions and details within are so carefully considered they can only have been inspired by the Golden Ratio (The golden ratio appears in some patterns in nature, including the spiral arrangement of leaves and other plant parts.)

So I return at the best time of year for any British Gardener – Spring! Heralded by the flowering of my favourite Lily.. Zantedeshia

They grow well in damp conditions.  In fact they can grow in shallow water as a marginal plant..

So, hello again to all my fellow gardeners.. here’s to another fabulous year in the garden 🙂