Category : Advice

Advice / Posts - 5 months ago

Reflections on a Busy Week

What a rollercoaster ride last week was. It began with visits to two very fine private gardens, open by appointment for the National Garden Scheme, and ended with a frantic day of potting up and bedding out in my own garden at The Watch House. In bet...

Advice / Posts - 5 months ago

Chatsworth Flower Show 2018: The Show Gardens

& Tuesday in Derbyshire dawned grey and dank. I had only packed my Man from Del Monte outfit, so arrived at Chatsworth looking a trifle too tropical for the tepid conditions. I was not about to carry a Fedora around all day, so on my head it sta...

Advice / Posts - 5 months ago

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018: Preview

Liz Patterson, Show Manager for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, will have been glued to the weather forecast for the last fourteen days. Last year’s inaugural show, in the magnificent park surrounding the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonsh...

Advice / Posts - 5 months ago

Whatever the Weather

& & & & The elements just keep on giving this year. In the space of three months we’ve had record cold and record heat; now record rainfall, at least in some parts of the country. As for East Kent, we’ve largely swerve...

Advice / Posts - 5 months ago

Chelsea Flower Show 2018: The Silent Pool Gin Garden

& I love a G&T, so much so that I have an entire garden named after my favourite drink. Naturally I was very happy to discover another garden inspired by the juniper-infused spirit at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The Silent Pool Gin Gar...

Advice / Posts - 5 months ago

Dentists and Indulgences: The Return from Chelsea

& There is nothing quite like a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show to galvanise one into action vis-à-vis one’s own garden. I returned home on Tuesday night brimming with ideas but with an ominous stuffed-up feeling. I assumed this was relat...

Advice / Posts - 5 months ago

Open for the National Garden Scheme: Denne Manor Farm

& I’m taking a short break from my Chelsea reporting to bring you news of a superb new garden opening for the National Garden Scheme here in Kent this weekend. I visited Denne Manor Farm back in late April on what can politely be described...