September Gardening Tips

Garden at Dove Cottage nurseries, Halifax. Strong colours to shine out in the softer light of autumn: These are the flowers which pick up the purples, reds and yellows of autumn leaves and [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:28+00:00 August 29th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments

Open Gardens 24/25 May

The view of Rose Cottage and the Cheshire plain beyond. This weekend as part of the Bollington Festival 2014, there are some lovely gardens to visit in Ingersley Vale and Kerridge, both just [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:29+00:00 May 19th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments

April Gardening Tips

Tulip 'Ballerina' COLOUR UP FOR SPRING! Red and orange flowers for Spring?  Why not?  Stray away from the sugar pinks and baby blues and be a bit strident!  Shrubs and bulbs are the [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:29+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments

Le Jardin Plume

Took a trip to Normandy to see Le Jardin Plume.  It does not disappoint.  This is a proper, well proportioned, elegant garden.  Its hedges are crisp and its planting exuberant. Even on an [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:30+00:00 October 7th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments

August Gardening Tips

After all that lovely sun the rain does come as something of a relief to those of us looking after pots or anything newly planted.  Hydrangeas are the flowering stars of this month, [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:30+00:00 July 31st, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments

July Gardening Tips

Meadows are looking great this time of year. This month’s tips include some advice on how to maintain a wildflower meadow if you have one, and some suggestions of a planting mix which [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:30+00:00 July 1st, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments

Before and After

A completed garden, very recently planted.  The rectangular site was made to feel larger by curving the borders in and out again.  There is a utility area at the back behind the trellis.  Spring and [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:30+00:00 June 11th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments

New lake

This morning I stood in the sunshine and watched swallows racing and dipping over the lake in this garden on the edge of the Peak District.  It was designed in the spring of [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:30+00:00 June 5th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments

May Gardening Tips

The importance of an East facing bench in your garden will become apparent in May.  To sit outside in the morning sun, albeit well wrapped up, with a cup of good coffee and contemplate the [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:31+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments

April Gardening Tips

“Gardeners have a lifetime of second chances - each Spring is a new beginning” Dr. Katherine Swift Green garden: At some point the snow and ice will retreat and the Spring will accelerate [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:31+00:00 March 28th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments

March Gardening Tips

March according to the saying comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Well, it can be unpredictable with lions dominating and lambs not getting much of a look-in. But [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:31+00:00 February 28th, 2013|Latest News|0 Comments