Monday, 1 July 2019


Things in London have been super hot which has been great for bringing things out, although I am so unfit that this is all conspiring to just turn me into a sweaty mess.

Almost everything is now planted out and over the past 2 weekends there has been much pondering and hard lugging around of pots in the complicated puzzel which is our terrace.

It is of course peak NGS garden visiting season and there are lots of inspiring gardens out there. Last week I went to see a great new one in Herne Hill which will open next year. It was fab with a lovely natural looking stream which is something I have always wanted.

Monday, 15 April 2019


A mid March post which annoyingly was written in Mid March but didnt go live...Things then were beginning to get warmer. Daffodils are out and things are waking up

So far the winter has not been that drastic, and it was only the last cold spell in early Feb that finally killed some things like a hedychium.

I am hoping that overall casualties will be minimal and the bananas are looking ok and like their spring recovery will be quick. 

Now I just have to remember to order my seeds....

My pop up plastic greenhouse to protect the really tender things

All a little snug inside
A Stapelia seed explosion!

Saturday, 17 November 2018

The last remnants

Here in London we still haven't yet had any frosts, but I know that this wont last for long! It is always when I see the Dahlia Imperialis and Tetrapanax trying to flower that I know the end is near as they are always frosted.

Overall this has been a weird year and during October and November some Dahlias have started flowering for the first time and some gingers are also having another bash. The 100 acidanthera that I put in to flower during the opening (but didn't) have also now all started flowering

This weekend I am trying to start moving things in, but I wanted to share a few pictures before it stars getting packed up

Me with my one dinner plate Dahlia to flower!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The 2018 NGS Garden Opening: things at their best

A huge thank you to everyone who came to this years garden opening. We were blessed with amazing weather which brought out the crowds and in total we had 255 visitors and made over £2200 for charity! 

The biggest thanks must go to the 14 people who volunteered to help make it happen: Wendy, Laurence, John, Marten, Sue and the kitchen crew, Sam on plants, Derek on honey and Jennifer on the Prosecco pavilion and the Grimsby door security. Everyone was marvellous. As was anyone who made a cake (we had about 25 in total) and who spread the word. Also a massive thanks to Alan who donated a huge amount of succulents, bananas and cannas which got a good few people very excited!

So some pictures of things at their best...

This (above) was the one plant the people asked about! Salvia involucrata 'Bethellii'  which was looking stunning....below is the normal Salvia involucrate. I love Bethelli as it has those big buds which are really architectural. However, it is harder to get through the winter...I'm not sure if this is the slugs or snails! so I take lots of cuttings about now...