All the colours of the sun

All colours are of the sun, and are good. — Elizabeth Goudge With July's sunshine come the colourful flowers - bright pot marigolds and tangerine Californian poppies, scarlet Achillea, purple salvias, geraniums and catmint, and sweetpeas of every hue. July is the month when I switch from wondering what on earth I can spare for…

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…