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Written on February 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm, by

Working with a Garden Designer

Written on February 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm, by

Why work with a Garden Designer Restoration and renovation projects are exciting especially when the property is your own home. The process is often a substantial commitment of time, energy and resources which may take place in a controlled time frame or occur over many years. Most projects will be completed with a collaboration of … Continue Reading…

Winter Wonderland

Written on December 18, 2013 at 10:14 am, by

The garden can be over looked through the winter. Seen as a less active and inspiring place to be, cold, wet, muddy not at all enticing or inviting. As a passionate gardener I still have to get outside throughout the winter and despite feeling the cold will faithfully work in my vegetable garden every Sunday … Continue Reading…

Silhouettes In The Garden

Written on December 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm, by

Seed heads, silhouettes, frosted combinations, the winter lightness and sky light contrasts create that special essence in the garden. With the view to allowing your borders to meld into the winter months. Experiment to experience winter foliage which one may generally cut to the ground. Allow the ornamental grasses to mellow, fading to oranges, bronzes, … Continue Reading…

Seed Heads In The Garden

Written on December 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm, by

An element that can be forgotten in the scheme of planning a garden. Yet if the scheme is to have perennial borders this is a great opportunity to include flowering plants which will give seed heads later in the season. Many seed heads will remain throughout the autumn and into winter. Although the decaying flower … Continue Reading…

Small or Large Gardens: How important is size ?

Written on November 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm, by

I hear people say `Oh my garden is only tiny` or  `I don’t think you could do much with my small garden` My view is size is a perception of space. Small or large it is all important with potential and the smallest garden can be enchanting or a peaceful haven to enjoy. When one … Continue Reading…

The Winter Kitchen Garden

Written on November 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm, by

Purslane, Claytonia 'Winter Purslane' One of my all time salad leaf I ensure I plant late summer is Winter Purslane. It is perfect for salads, raw and cooked vegetable blends, soups and juicing when you have too much to harvest. Which can happen late spring. It is a leaf which often is forgotten. A green leaf … Continue Reading…

Liquidambar styraciflua

Written on November 11, 2013 at 9:47 am, by

Liquidambar styraciflua are deciduous trees grown mainly for their alternate, maple-like leaves which turn richly brilliant, long-lasting autumnal colour. The flowers and fruits are inconspicuous and generally not an element this beautiful tree is known for. Commonly known as `sweet gum` and from the Altingiaceae family formally the member of the Hamamelidaceae. Or certainly considered as … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: Late season & the cooler months

Written on November 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm, by

One of the most enjoyable elements about late season is that there is generally lots of harvesting. Depending upon your crops and what you are growing will affect how long this `harvesting` time continues. The weather will also have a large bearing on crops slowing down in production as we move into autumn. In the … Continue Reading…

Slugs & Snails

Written on November 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm, by

  </body> Any garden especially vegetable gardens will have resident slugs and snails. There is just no avoidance other than having to be vigilant with how you deal with them. The question is how in an environmental and safe capacity. Yes by all means go out looking for them as they come out in the … Continue Reading…