Lavender time

Lavendula angustifolia 'hidcote' Lavender, loved by gardeners and wildlife alike. It is just about all going over in Derbyshire now to avoid it getting leggy and untidy it is time for action. It is disputed among many gardening books when is the correct time to tackle a lavender, but I have had no mishaps tackling …

Garden Theatre.

This week's gardening blog is very theatrical it has murder, suspense, passion, fashion and experimentation. A murder most horrid to begin. Greenfly, all over the fresh new growth on my rose. It is perfectly situated for an early attack being on the south facing house wall, not ideal but if I want a rose up …

All White Now…

Well a new venture for me. Attempting Six on Saturday. 1.There is blossom everywhere in my village at the moment. This Cherry is a very simple flower compared to its blousy double flowered counterparts but sometimes simple says it all. 2. Continuing with simple underrated plants, the simple daisy, Bellis perennis, is emerging in the …

The Positivity of Spring.

The Hawthorn buds are breaking. Well, things aren't really much more positive, in the big wide world,than last time I wrote, but I am feeling more cheerful, despite just returning from the dreadfully strange experience of food shopping at the moment. There is bank holiday weekend looming with nowhere to go and no socialising to …

Topsy Turvy.

The Blackthorn,Prunus spinosa, is out. It seems strange for all the buds to be breaking, leaves unfurlingĀ and Magnolias and Cherries to be blossoming and it barely registers on my radar. I can see nature springing forth as I walk the dog, on my allowed daily exercise, but in the uncertain and unnerving times we are …

Trees down, Daffs and Dunes

Well when you are celebrating spring and visiting gardens in Wales around St Davids day you have to have some Daffs. After the storms we had in February our local wood sadly looks like a tree graveyard. With the wind loosening the roots in the sodden soil the trees would have found it hard to …

Diplomacy, Deluges and Discoveries.

Dispute resolution, This week the challenge was a particularly tricky one. Not only as I had to reduce the height of a Holly tree but due to the location of the tree itself. I was called in by the owner of the tree to prune it down so her neighbours view was less obstructed to …