Gardening and The Time Paradox

It's a little while since I wrote a garden book review. Followers of my Instagram account may know that I am reading Beth Chatto's Garden Notebook month by month, and I won't be ready to review this until I finish the year's journey with her in December. I also have another gardening book on the…

Here comes the sun (and I say, it’s all right)

What is it that is so inherently cheerful about a sunflower? This one bears no resemblance to either of the varieties I ordered from Sarah Raven last spring. It should be killing me with its sinister ring of dark bronze juxtaposed with bright yellow. It has an uncanny likeness to Sauron's glaring eye. And yet…

The Living And The Dead

November is a funny time of year. Certain plants remain in flower across the garden — mainly salvias and roses but also Acanthus mollis, pelargoniums and Cerinthe major — and their bright blooms look quite out of place beside those that are dying back. In July I harvested all the spent allium seedheads, and plonked them in a…

Two Cotswolds Gardens. 1: Snowshill Manor

When it comes to patience, servitude and kindness, coupled with a tendency to forget to do nice things for herself, my mother gives the holy saints of Heaven a decent run for their money. Therefore, to celebrate the occasion of her 70th birthday, my sister and I came up with the idea of taking my…