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Sometimes a simple planting combination just strikes you…

Thank you to the people at Parham in West Sussex for this mesmerising plant combo. One to remember…

eryngium and sedum


snowdropsFor those galanthophiles amongst you, here is a picture of the first snowdrops I spotted this year, last week in Preston Park, Brighton.

As I finished photographing them, another dog walker knelt down to do the same. Everybody loves the humble snowdrop.


Autumn 2013

Well, what a gorgeous summer it’s been…


meconopsis betonicifolia





Please contact me for any winter  jobs. Please note I’m fully booked until late November.


Don’t lose faith in your garden with all this wet weather. We’re bound to have a proper summer sometime this side of Christmas!

If you’d like me to get your garden in order in preparation for it, please contact me!

Meanwhile, take a look at this clump of Lychnis coronaria. They never fail to cheer me up:



Winter: Perhaps you need help with some of the following this winter



  • Garden re-design in preparation for Spring
  • Winter pruning (eg. apple and pear trees, roses) and tree care
  • Planting of trees and shrubs
  • Soil preparation (winter digging/soil improvement/mulching)
  • Deciduous hedge cutting
  • Final leaf clearance
  • Tidying up snow damaged shrubs
  • Composting system improvements




As the nights  draw in, the gardener is busy as ever.  End of season tidy-ups on the one hand, and preparation for the winter and beyond on the other. Not forgetting, of course,  to enjoy the often colourful here and now of the autumn garden.








Perhaps you need some help with some of the following:


  • Autumn shrub pruning / end of season tidy and clearance.
  • Lawn care (now is a good time for aerating compacted lawns, and scarifying mossy lawns).
  • Lawn re-seeding/ patching / turfing (early autumn is the best time as the soil is warm and moist).
  • Planting of trees and shrubs (again, early autumn is the ideal time).
  • Planting spring bulbs (look out for distinctive bulbs, such as ornamental alliums and snake’s-head fritillary, as well as the old favourites).
  • Planting of winter containers (eg. heathers and violas, with evergreen foliage plants and  early spring bulbs).
  • Fleece-wrap tender palms/cordylines  before frost and snow damage occurs.
  • Leaf clearance (build up of leaves on lawns will damage the lawn).



Summer’s here, your garden is probably at its peak. If not, give me a call, perhaps I can help you with some of the following:



  • Garden planning and planting
  • Bed and border care (deadheading, weeding, etc.)
  • Lawn mowing (ideally fortnightly) and help with tired, scrappy lawns.
  • Seasonal pruning (eg. summer pruning of apple trees , wisteria)
  • Hedge-cutting (best left until late summer if you are lucky enough to have nesting birds in your hedges)
  • Overgrown garden taming.  I can take garden waste away with me.
  • Planting up summer containers
  • Vegetable plot care



The trees are greening up more every day and flowers are opening when you turn your head.  Being outside at this time of year and with this recent balmy weather is a joy.  But, as always, there’s lots to be getting on with:

  • Lawn mowing (ideally at least once a fortnight).  An application of spring lawn feed is a good idea.
  • Still time for re-turfing and re-seeding / re-patching lawns.
  • Manually remove dandelions from your lawn (with entire roots if you can) before they set seed and spread.
  • Keep sowing seeds (ornamental and veg) in borders , pots and veg patch.
  • Start thinking about hardening off home-raised seedlings, as the weather warms in late April.
  • Continue to plant summer bulbs (including dahlias after risk of frost).
  • Seasonal pruning. Prune back spring flowering shrubs after flowering (eg. forsythia, kerria, spiraea,  ribes  and viburnum tinus).
  • Watch out for pests such as aphids. Infestation are easier to control when caught early.
  • Prepare baskets and containers for summer.


March was, before the gregorian calender, the first month of the year, and it’s not hard to see why.

Buds are swelling, shoots are coming fast, the grass is growing, colour is spreading, crops are sown….Yes, spring is here!

And of course, March is a busy time for the gardener.  Here are some jobs to be done in the coming weeks:

  • Spring pruning:  March is a major month in the pruning calender.
  • Lawn care:  Lawns may need aerating and scarifying / Mowing begins (on dry days) / A good month for re-seeding and turfing.
  • New plants:  Plant herbaceous perennials / Trees and shrubs (including evergreens) / Roses.
  • Seed sowing:  Hardy annuals can be sown directly into soil / Start half-hardy seeds off under protection.
  • Division of perennials:  Lift and divide tired herbaceous perennials to increase vigour.
  • Soil preparation / weeding.
  • Planting of summer bulbs:  plant gradually over the coming weeks for an ongoing summer display.


February is all about getting ready for Spring.  It’s often the coldest month of the year,  but the days are getting longer.  Spring is just around the corner and there are a number of pre-Spring tasks to keep the gardener busy.

  • Pruning of summer-flowering shrubs can be begun (eg. buddleia, hardy fushia, lavetera).
  • Fruit tree pruning, if not done already.
  • Rose pruning.  Remove congested growth and dead stems to leave a healthy, open framework.
  • Cut back any herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses, left for winter interest, before new shoots emerge.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, roses and climbers.
  • Dig over beds and prepare soil for Sping.
  • Get early seed sowings going in a propagator (eg. lobelia, verbena, tomatoes and peppers).
  • ‘Chit’ early seed potatoes.
  • Last chance to put up nesting boxes for birds before the nesting season.
  • To get you in the mood for Spring, cut stems of forsythia now and bring indoors for almost instant flowering.