Balancing the trudge back to work with the optimism of a brand new year.

Acer griseum at Bluebell Arboretum, but more about that later. One minute you are locking arms with strangers, singing Auld Lang Syne and full of optimism and hope, at the prospect of a whole new year stretching out before you. The next, the alarm is ringing rudely and it is back to reality with a …

Winding down….

The Larch trees have dropped all their needles but the cones still look lovely against the blue sky on a rare autumn sunny day. Well, apologies for being awol for so long. December has flown by in a blur of Mummers Play, Norwegian trips, Carol singing and present buying. The gardening is dull and cold …

Something of a quandary and a plant to wow you now.

Before we start though, some pictures from the week. I have been amazed how well these snakes head fritillaries, Fritillaria Meleagris have done this year. They are in soil drier than they would like and after the baking they had last summer, I thought, I would have lost them and yet they are flourishing. Sycamore …

Winter Magic

Many people don’t think there is anything to see in the garden at this time of year and yet there is a long list of plants working hard, right now, to excite your senses. So get outside and have a wander round. If your garden is lacking in winter interest I thoroughly recommend plants such …