As the leaves turn with the onset of Autumn so does the conversation in the studio to that distinctive feeling of change in the air, practicalities of bareroot season planting and the importance of making time to observe the Autumn colour and key compositions in the garden. While walking the woods which make up a larger part of the grounds at Bailey Farm the striking paper thin burnt orange bark of an Acer griseum catches in t
The buff colour tail of Mrs Bombus terrestris (or should that be Ma’am as she is the Queen) I followed her to an unlikely looking small hole under some leaves which I guess is the new nest-in-progress. I will be careful not to stick a fork in there in the coming months! On a neighbouring Skimmia another Queen, this looks like the red tailed Bombus lapidarius. The skimmia smells like pure honey with the sun on it, I am n
So much is happening now in the garden that the early postman begins to catch me crouched outside under a shrub at a strange angle in my dressing gown, camera in hand!.. Primula vulgaris – so sweet and so stalwart The peonies are about to cover and hide their twiggy support Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’ Pulmonaria Lodden’s Blue amongst the prolific primrose Daphne, so tiny but the scent carries so far
Epimedium alpinum Epimedium x versicolor ‘Flowers of Sulphur’ I was very amused to see the following Wickipedia entry on the humble Epimedium that I was admiring in the garden this morning: Epimedium, also known as Rowdy Lamb Herb, Barrenwort, Bishop’s Hat, Fairy Wings, Horny Goat Weed, or Yin Yang Huo (Chinese: 淫羊藿), is a genus of about 60 or more species of herbaceous flowering plants in the family Berberid
Today is the funeral of Elspeth Thompson. In her writings she painted a wonderful picture of her life; of a gardener’s life as it could be, which makes it all the more difficult to bear the fact that all was not harmony and joy for her, as she made it seem for us. It has made me think about why we write articles, share blogs and even create beautiful gardens. It seems to me that people who see beauty acutely tend to se
A query from a worried lady today regarding cutting down a dangerous-looking tree over her drive. With a local man killed by a falling tree last night one can understand her concern.Does she need a licence to cut it down if it does not have a TPO (tree preservation order). What are the situations in which she would not need a licence? (ie Exemptions)In answer the guidelines from the Forestry Commission are helpful and clear, s
I wrote about this garden on the GardenVisit website, but here I can post many more pictures and give a better overall feel for what the father and son duo of landscape architects are trying to do at Sericourt. Located in Picardie, France near the fields of Azincourt and Flanders, Yves Gosse de Gorre and his son have created a garden full of topiary poetry and symbols that explore the nature of man in this battle scarred land.
A beautiful day to be out harvesting on Saturday, then a dank day to be indoors preserving on Sunday – in some ways a perfect weekend! Medlar jelly is such a beautiful clear rich colour and tastes delicious with cheese or by itself on toast. My children also like it with a Sunday roast.By picking up the windfalls some are soft and some are hard – you need both for jelly as the soft are sweet and the hard have more
(A quotation from H.E. Bates’ A Love of Flowers) So much of garden design is linked to other arts. This planting strategy is based on zones and plant needs – it is for a natural swimming lake and green-roofed holiday homes near the sea – but the inspiration was the Indian Tree of Life with perhaps a nod to Burle Marx.