Book review: ‘Compost’ by Clare Foster

From House and Garden's Garden Editor comes this charming little guide covering every aspect of composting. As Foster describes, composting is an accelerated imitation of the natural processes of decomposition that occur on a forest floor, a process that involves millions of organisms slowly digesting fallen leaves and dead vegetation, releasing the nutrients back into…

Necessarily simple: dahlias and cornflowers

Although unusually I am not at work today, I still had to pick and arrange my Monday vase quickly and efficiently as The Brazilian and I were intending to go on a long bike ride through the Pentlands in training for our Coast to Coast race next weekend. The 'Totally Tangerines' were already picked and…

The back garden is ready for its close-up

I wanted to share a few pictures of the back garden that I took this weekend. I am keeping the wider views under wraps because I am still working on the paving, so there are various unattractive sacks of sand, piles of bricks, a displaced woodpile, and so forth, all ruining the aesthetics. You don't…

July View 2016, and a major garden edit

I've been putting off writing my End of Month View for the past few days, which is why it's late. I could blame a full-time job, a packed social diary, and some very intensive training for this, but if the truth be told, I haven't yet written about my July view because I'm not content…