Category Archives: spring

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 🙂

Willow Control (and other stems that are over-staying their welcome)


These Willow trees provide a welcome dappled shade to the bog garden in summer, however they also cast  unwanted shadows over the neighbouring property. Tree surgeons can be a costly affair over the lifetime of a Willow in the wrong place so it comes down to us, the gardeners, to pollard them each Spring.

Today was that day.




These bright orange stems from another Willow were used originally to create a wig-wam for the evergreen sweet pea to scramble up in the summer.  The wig wam then took root…Such a lovely colour in the Winter picking up the orangey hues of the Euphorbia milifera behind.

Again, left to their own devices they would create unwanted shade in this lovely sunny border.  So these are now coppiced annually in the Spring.  They will grow back strongly over the year, just beating the everlasting sweet pea, to create a new support for it every year.

This Cornus ‘Midwinter fire’ has enjoyed another year of growth providing a dazzling feature over the dull months – as the name suggests.

I would plant many more, if there was space,  as they look even better en masse.


Time for you to be coppiced too.


Along with more Miscanthus

And turning every corner now, colour is creeping back into our gardens..





Easing our eyes gently into new fresh beginnings.

A Day on the Downs