January 1st, 2017
Galanthus elwesii heralding the beginning of spring
This plant started to flower on 13th December
Have you heard of The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival? www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk
December 8th, 2016
Gardening for wildlife can be very testing, a couple of years ago I had a lot of grass snakes in the garden, they have since moved on much to the relief of my nerves. Currently I am blighted by moles, gorgeous little creatures I agree however my lawn areas are being churned up, in my polytunnels the salad beds are being hollowed out causing death to my plants and now the moles have moved into my flower beds. I have tolerated these moles for several years but the situation has become severe. Extermination a tempting thought but it is not the way forward for a wildlife gardener so I am going to try the following deterrent:
Mix 2 tablespoons of detergent, 6 oz of Castor oil in a gallon of water – mix one ounce of concentrate per gallon of water and apply to the lawn. Re-apply after rain or watering.
Lets see if it works! …
November 2nd, 2016
It is November and there is still plenty of colour in the garden, thanks to a record breaking warm October .
Geranium sanguineum & Geranium psilostemon, Verbena, Dahlia, Erigeron karvinskianus, Aster frikartii ‘Monch‘, Abelia grandiflora, Fuchsia, Salvia greggii ‘Lipstick‘, Cyclamen hederifolium, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve‘, Osteospermum and Penstemon ‘Alice Hindley’ continue to provide fresh flowers whilst some roses and Anenome japonica manage one or two last flowers.
Of course it isn’t all about flowers, autumn colour is very good this year both in the herbaceous borders (e.g. Hakonechloa macra) and shrubberies (e.g. Viburnum burkwoodii, Hydrangea). Textures of foliage and brightly coloured berries all add depth of interest to our gardens too, for example the wonderful berries of Rosa moyesii, Rosa glauca, Rosa rugosa, Cotoneasters & Crataegus prunifolia or the cut foliage of many Geranium contrasting with grasses, Dianthus, Cyclamen…
October 24th, 2016
I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed re doing my garden as per your plans. It really has renewed my interest. It has, and still does look lovely and I take a pride in it now, rather than being overwhelmed.
I attach a couple of photos. I am still working on the big bed but the rest is more maintenance now.
I never did take before photos. If you still have them, I would appreciate a few.
Thank you again
PS I’ll send the rest of the photos separately.
September 28th, 2016
I was rather pleased to spot this exotic looking grasshopper basking in the early autumn sun and maybe soaking up the heady scent of Rosa ‘de Rescht’ also.
September 28th, 2016
This garden was planted in spring 2015 and it is very exciting to see how well it has established, the hedges have bushed out well and need just a couple more season’s to start approaching the desired height.
The pools attract hundreds of dipping swallows, a spectacle to behold!
September 20th, 2016
An joint exhibition: Angela Morley (abstract willow forms), Ann Warren (still life paintings) & Miriam Sheppard (landscapes in oil)
August 23rd, 2016
My clients planted this border in May this year following my planting plan, the plants have bulked out well in just a few months and what is very exciting is that the clients are fast becoming keen horticulturists.
August 19th, 2016
I hope it doesn’t sound too conceited but I have received a little flurry of emails from happy clients this week and thought I would share them:
Thank you for your detailed plan.
Following our discussion I was motivated to begin straight away to reform my garden. I have taken the ivy off the front of the house and off the side wall. I have pruned (I hope not totally annihilated) both of the jasmins and the clematis and reclaimed the corner and about 3 feet in front of the wall. I can’t believe how much lighter and roomier the whole garden looks just by doing that.
I will get the patio enlarged as you suggested. I don’t know why I never saw that for myself but it will make a massive difference to the look and use of the garden.
Next thing is to get digging, then planting. It will be lovely to have more colour and less green. Roll on next spring and summer for a glorious show!!
Thank you for a lovely course yesterday.
I finished my basket when I got home and am really pleased with the shape.
It is ideal as a harvesting basket .
Thank you for the course today. We had a lovely time making the baskets. I hopefully will attach photos