Gardening is a political act… Don’t do it in a bubble.

Henk Gerrritsen was a brilliant garden designer who never got to see his full potential. His gardens are about the battle between man and nature; a battle that man should enjoy losing. In his gardens he lets weeds takeover: Hogweed; Bindweed and Hemlock… because their beauty and their terrifying triphid-like features mesmerized him …I would … Continue reading Gardening is a political act… Don’t do it in a bubble.

Potting Shed Tips: When Wildlife gardening goes wrong

  Welcome to my new feature... A once a month garden musing that is purely practical and intended to help solve gardening problems... My very own GQT (as one of my best daydreams is imaging myself on the panel bossily letting my pearls of wisdom dazzle everyone with their brilliance). This feature has sprung from … Continue reading Potting Shed Tips: When Wildlife gardening goes wrong

Seedheads, Skeletons, and Structure.

The wonderful Piet Oudolf and the dutch perennial new wave have changed the way that we garden. It used to be that designers and landscapers looked for structure from evergreens, topiary, hedging and trees... Now dead perennials and grasses have been introduced into the mix. I left the chalk slope meadow this year because the … Continue reading Seedheads, Skeletons, and Structure.

Transparency+New Romantics= Revolution

It's the time of year when the tree surgeon comes to see me in the garden. We talked about hedges and trees and the badgers (they’ve dug up the newly cut meadow looking for leatherjackets,chafer grubs and worms). Then he remarked that to him my garden is a “see through” garden: where you look through plants … Continue reading Transparency+New Romantics= Revolution