Get Garden Updates by Email

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.

November 30, 2011 | Wordless Wednesday. Tony Cragg - sinuous and shiny

Like it? Click to share, tweet and save

Hide Sites

$$(‘div.d1502′).each( function(e) { e.visualEffect(’slide_up’,{duration:0.5}) });

Share

Read more...

November 28, 2011 | Plantaholic POST:

The only drawback to this juicy green and practically white flower is the name.  Schizostylis coccinea ‘Pink Marge’.

It has never grown well for me  but looks dreamy right now in a customer’s free-draining garden.   Cohabiting with the black grass Ophiopogon planascapus ‘Nigrescens’ and a shimmery grass Molinia caerulea ‘Edith Dudszus‘.

Like it? Click to share, [...]

Share

Read more...

November 27, 2011 | Choosing plants for a new planting scheme: Where to begin

porch planting at Great Dixter

There are a few rules that you should keep returning to.   Consider the effects of foliage,  form and texture.   Treat the exercise like decorating a room or flower arranging.  Think what goes together.  For leaves a mixture of large blades and strap leaves, some upright will be [...]

Share

Read more...

November 24, 2011 | Pattern of the DAY

Detail of door in Lalibela

Like it? Click to share, tweet and save

Hide Sites

$$(‘div.d1466′).each( function(e) { e.visualEffect(’slide_up’,{duration:0.5}) });

Share

Read more...

November 22, 2011 | St Catherine's Hill and St Cross

Labyrinth, the mismaze

The top of the hill was an Iron Age fort.  Stand there and look around.  The beech woods slide down the earthworks and delve you down into the valley of the river Itchen.  Tributaries of chalk streams of the tickled brown trout and some of the best fly-fishing in England.  Behind the hill the traffic [...]

Share

Read more...

November 18, 2011 | Grave places

used to completely creep me out.   Now I love a good graveyard.   It’s probably an age thing.   Hidden away there are  numinous and peaceful places that are worth seeking out to sit in and be still.  Down an alleyway off one of the shopping streets in Woodbridge there is a worn brick [...]

Share

Read more...

November 10, 2011 | Get naked at David Austin

The leaves are off, or nearly, and  I’m taking my mind  back to David Austin and February.  I went there for a day’s course on designing with roses run by the inexorable Diana Perry, fount of rose lore.  Due to dog trauma (another story altogether) I did not write a blog log but  now I [...]

Share

Read more...

November 7, 2011 | Best/worst front gardens - series 3

I rate this garden ***  (largely due to snappily clipped yew)

Ratings explained:

*       Call for a skip

**     Concrete over it

***    Covet it

****  I’d sling my hammock here

***** In my wildest dreams

Like it? Click to share, tweet and save

Hide Sites

$$(‘div.d1418′).each( function(e) { e.visualEffect(’slide_up’,{duration:0.5}) });

Share

Read more...

November 3, 2011 | Plantaholic Post

Malus John Downie – the small crabapple with the cherriest of fruit.   We are about to plant an avenue of these trees on a hilltop (if you can call a Suffolk rise in the ground that).  A wildflower meadow has been seeded around them.

Like it? Click to share, tweet and save

Hide Sites

$$(‘div.d1415′).each( function(e) { [...]

Share

Read more...