Book Review: My Life with Plants

It was with some trepidation that I agreed to review Roy Lancaster’s My Life with Plants; after all commenting on the writing of someone who is held in such high esteem by so many in the horticultural world and beyond is quite intimidating. My Life with Plants is a form of autobiography written by Roy…

Book Review: The Gardeners Companion to Medicinal Plants

Sometimes a book comes along that is just a bit different to the everyday coffee table book on gardens and plants  and The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants is such a book. It is strange but there is something in the book not having a glossy slip cover that makes it feel more grown up,…

Book Review: RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

One of the best presents my sons ever bought me was the RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants probably about 10 years ago.  A hugely valuable resource that opens the keen amateur gardener’s eyes to the amazing world of plants.  Naturally, having loved this publication for many years I was interested to be offered a…

That Was the Year That Way – 2015

Another tradition here at the PatientGardener blog is a round up of the year.  It is always interesting to look back and remind yourself of places you have been and things you have seen or it seems, as is the case this year, places you haven’t been.  I was surprised that I really haven’t been…

A timely reminder

  I read last night and into the early hours and wept. It’s rare for a book to hold me in this way. Despite its title, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening is not a gardening book although the education of a gardener is the premise for the story. Nor is it about the author’s battle…

Book Review: The Splendour of the Tree

  I am catching up on some book reviews and wanted to share The Splendour of the Tree by Noel Kingsbury with you.  I had anticipated that it would be a book showing various trees, conditions needed, maybe a diagram of their eventual shape, a few photos of fruit, leaves and bark.  However, if I…

Book Review: The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual

As a gardener who uses their greenhouse for more than tomatoes and annual seedlings I was interested to receive a review copy of The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual by Roger Marshall from Timber Press.  There aren’t many books on greenhouse gardening and in fact they rarely appear in the media so I thought it would be…

Product Review: Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball

I am always hesitant to review products but my interest was piqued when I was asked if I would consider reviewing a produce from the new Sophie Conran range for Burgon & Ball.  I was particularly interested in the indoor watering can. I have an increasing collection of houseplants and it always seems such a…

Plant Me Now – Perennial Starter Plants

Long term readers of this blog may recall that last year I did a number of reviews for Plant Me Now mainly in relation to their bedding plants.  I was always impressed with the quality of the plants and the package so I was more than happy to be asked to review some of their…

That was the year that was – 2013

I thought I would do a similar post to last year showing some of the highlights.  We had a slow start to the year with snow on and off from January to March but finally in April the weather changed and we ended up with a long hot summer which gently merged into Autumn with…

Plant Me Now Review: Summer Bedding

I was thrilled to discover 3 boxes of summer bedding from Plant Me Now to review when I got back from Plymouth this weekend.  They contained a selection of summer bedding plants from their Premium and Must Have plant ranges, as well as 2 trays of trailing mixed Lobelia from the Ready to Plant range…

Plant Me Now – Perennial Starter Plants

This is my second review for Plant Me Now.  This time I was sent perennial starter plants of Digitalis Dalmation Cream and jumbo starter plants of Hosta Brim Cup and Monarda Cambridge Scarlet. Plant Me Now overwinter their young perennials so that the plants have a strong root system and should flower in the first…