After the rich colours and jewel-like berries of autumn, winter can be a dull affair but there will still be plenty to enjoy and spring will pop her head around the corner before we know it. Already there are signs that plants are preparing for next year with pointed flower buds deep in the heart…Read More

Plants in Containers

We seem to be accumulating lots of containers in our garden which are home to various plants from Tulips which are, at the moment, underground to more tender specimens including a Ginger Lily (Hedychium), Dahlias and a hardy Banana (Musa basjoo). Apart from the odd feed of Miracle Gro through the summer and a handful…Read More

Insects and Butterflies in the Garden

There are still plenty of insects and butterflies in the garden at the moment enjoying the nectar and Flowering Shrubpollen from late summer flowering shrubs and perennials. Our white Buddleja davidii has been very popular with Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies this year and I have also seen Hummingbird Hawk Moths buzzing back and forth…Read More

Late Perennials in the Garden

Summer marches on and soon autumn will begin to show her hand with shorter days and chilly mornings of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’. Cooler temperatures are a sign for most plants to cease growing and begin to close down for winter. This act culminates in the stunning display of autumn leaf colours before these fall…Read More

Insects busy in our garden

On warm, sunny days insects are always busy in our garden. From Hoverflies to Ladybirds, butterflies and Hummingbird Hawk Moths, I could watch them for hours as they fly from flower to flower or, as in the case of Ladybirds, patrol the new growth tips on shrubs and vegetables looking for their favourite food –…Read More