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I made a reference back at Christmas to an embroidery design course that I have been undertaking. Today, with snow stopping gardening and nothing horticultural to blog about I thought I would share some more of my other passion in life – embroidery and textile arts. The course I completed at the end of last year was Level 1 Hand Embroidery – Moving On which is run by the Embroiderers’ Guild.  It… Read More

There is nothing quite like a few stolen hours working in the garden on a chilly early Spring Sunday to make you feel heroic and pleased with yourself. The choice of task on such a day needs to be given careful consideration; this is not the time for slow and pondering chores but for those tasks that will warm you up and encourage you to stay outside just that little bit longer…. Read More

  I have to admit that Backyard Blueprints isn’t  the sort of book I would normally buy as it has a design focus which isn’t my real interest.  However, as it focusses on small gardens, or backyards, I thought it might have some interesting ideas for my garden, so agreed to review it. David Stevens, the author, is a garden designer with 11 gold medals from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show under… Read More

Yesterday I visited The Laskett, nestling on the borders between England and Wales.  This is a garden I have been aware of for some time, reading both positive and negative reviews but had never visited as it is only open to group visits. The Laskett is first and foremost a private and deeply personal garden; one of the most personal gardens I have ever visited.  It was created by Sir Roy Strong… Read More

I was reading the April edition of The Garden last night, I know I am terribly behind, and I was intrigued by a short article by Helen Dillon on colour.  In it she talks about how gardeners have been influenced by  people such as Gertrude Jekyll, Lawrence Johnston and Vita Sackville-West on how we should organise colour in our gardens.  Jekyll is known for her colour borders which often had colours seamlessly… Read More

What’s more important to you  – plants or design?  For me its plants every time and always has been.  Originally I started with some bedding plants and hanging baskets then as my confidence grew I started to grow a few perennials and shrubs.  The real leap came when I  moved to this house with a blank canvas of a garden and more time as the boys had grown up.  I love the… Read More

Had a good day out in the garden planting out some of my seedlings.  I have put this urn in the border that surrounds the pond to try and create a focal point – not very good at this design stuff.  The reddy/burgandy leaves are Lobelia Cardinalis, I am hoping that they will provide a good contrast with the urn and they pick up on the burgandy tinges in the Salvia.  The… Read More

I was disappointed with last nights Gardeners World.  I like Joe Swift’s style of presentation but I thought he had an impossible task explaining about garden design in 30 minutes.  I think it would have been better if he had shown how each of the 6 elements had been achieved in everyday gardens.  I was surprised though at my reaction to the last minimilist garden. I am  a plantaholic and love growing… Read More