A quick dash out to check on some new trees arriving in a client’s garden, and a chance to see how the mass tulip planting is working out. The new monkey puzzle looked extraordinary, and the bulbs a deliciously peach colour against the pittosporum and stipa behind. It was lovely to see all the pale orange/apricot […]
Where did the days go?! That’s how it feels at the moment. Easter Sunday was a rare day off with the family, whilst the rest of the weekend was business as usual. I have very understanding children who realise that there aren’t going to be any sunny breaks before the show starts. There’s GCSE revision […]
One of the most frequently asked questions regarding the RHS Chelsea plans is ‘what’s the planting scheme/colour theme?’ Last year I went for a very restrained white and green with a touch of apricot; this year I’m looking at creating a bit of a subtle clash. An oxymoronic planting scheme – will it be possible?
As I’ve probably written before, these show gardens at RHS Chelsea could not be created without all the different specialists in a huge range of fields. And for plants, as for everything else, we’ve gone to the best. Roger Platts is growing perennials and shrubs, Kelways are growing the peonies, and How Green are growing the […]
My timing is impeccable. Heatwave over, it’s pouring outside and I’m writing about the next best thing since sliced bread: the outdoor kitchen. Despite our climate, people are looking at outdoor space, not just to look nice,but to make it part of their life and lifestyle. Pour yourself a generous Pimms, think sunshine and imagine… […]