The Garden in 2018

It’s time to plan

The postman will, at this moment, be stuffing seed and plant brochures into thousands of letterboxes throughout the country. When we’re bundled up, bracing ourselves against ice-cold winds and wishing we were indoors, the garden is far from people’s minds. But it shouldn’t be. This is the time to start thinking “what can I do in my garden this year?”

Two brochures arrived on my hall floor this morning, tempting me with 10% off every plant, bulb and packet of seeds featured inside. Even more tempting are the glossy, richly coloured flowers – not a single caterpillar has munched Continue reading The Garden in 2018

Armchair Gardening

Gardening in winter

The wind is howling, roof tiles rattling and the rain is beating against the window. We’re not halfway through January and spring seems a long way off.

Here on the west coast, although there’s been no snow to speak of, we’ve had several storms, fog, heavy frost and huge hailstorms; but out there in the garden, some brave little roses are still hanging desperately onto their stems. It’s an inspiring sight.

At the beginning of this week, Continue reading Armchair Gardening