I hope your February was as busy as mine? pruning Wisteria, completing winter prunes on the Apple and Pear family, including quinces there. Chopping back herbaceous perennials that withstood the winter weather. Asters, hardy Fuschia, ornamental grasses, taking a weeping Caryopteris back to the bone, Ceratostigma to the ground, tidying the Helleborus orientalis leaves, I…Continue Reading
At the beginning of Autumn it is easy to tell myself that the grasses and herbaceous perennials with good seed heads and strongish stems will look good throughout the winter months. Bringing a hint of glamour with each over night frosty dip and a certain charming collapsed-ness as you look out of the kitchen window…Continue Reading
2012 skids to a close
It’s been a roller coaster of a year 2012 though on the whole as many ups as downs. It started brilliantly well and sort of coasted in a bit from there. 6 weeks between posts is long even by our standards but December has been busy, mostly thwarted by rain and wind and then of…Continue Reading
When are you cleaning you green house or cold frame this winter?
Probably not the most glamorous of tasks completed each year but one worth investing some time and elbow grease in is cleaning stuff. That’s cleaning your tools , soaping down your green house and/or cold frame, repairing wheelbarrows and equipment and emptying out “The Readies” from the compost heap. Winter is a good time for…Continue Reading
The Single Digg
I’m sure lots of you know all about single digging, that is as opposed to the dreaded double digging or ‘ bastard trenching’ as my RHS tutor once called it! Today I initiated my lovely nephew and his mate in the finer arts of the single dug trench and although I am not certain they…Continue Reading