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Garden Design  Adding Autumn Colour

Garden Design Adding Autumn Colour

Designing gardens means using plants that will look good throughout the year. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons for colour. The rich yellows, oranges and reds are a welcome sight in the garden as everything else is dying back. Dogwoods make exceptional plants for winter interest because of their brightly coloured bark. Cornus alba Kesselringii is … Continue reading

Growing Chilli Peppers

Growing Chilli Peppers

 On our Hitchin allotment in Hertfordshire we always grow a number of chilli plants in the summer. They thrive in our poytunnel and remain easy and undemanding plants. As part of my Christmas stocking last year I was given a packet of Black Pearl Chilli seeds by Unwins. I love growing new varieties of vegetables and seeing and tasting … Continue reading

Garden Design Ideas Using Architectural Plants Agapanthus

Garden Design Ideas Using Architectural Plants Agapanthus

Architectural plants are what give our gardens form, colour and drama. Garden designers love their strong and distictive shapes and one of my favourites is agapanthus. They are strikingly beautiful plants with intensely coloured flowers that originate from South Africa. Agapanthus have lush strappy leaves and upright strong stems that are topped with balls of flowers. Incredibly versatile … Continue reading

Garden Design Ideas – French Style

Garden Design Ideas – French Style

Garden design styling can enhance any garden regardless of it’s size. Choosing the right furniture, containers or even sculpture can transform an interesting garden into a really stunning space. I saw this circular metal seat recently on holiday in France and thought it looked beautiful. It makes the tree a real focal point in the courtyard … Continue reading

Hitchin Allotment Onions

Hitchin Allotment Onions

Despite the wet weather and probably because of it this year has seen our best onion crop. On our Hitchin allotment we planted these red and yellow onion sets last autumn and the rain has made them grow and swell beautifully. Keen not to have a repeat of last year where the onions were left for … Continue reading

Garden Design Favourite Perennials – Astrantia

Garden Design Favourite Perennials – Astrantia

Every garden designer has their favourite plants. Astrantias are one of my favourite perennials for this time of year. I love their wiry stems and delicate flowers. Once used in cottage garden borders they now work equally well planted with grasses in a contemporary setting. Astrantias are easy to grow and will tolerate full sun or … Continue reading

Allotment New Potatoes (First Earlies)

Allotment New Potatoes (First Earlies)

There is nothing to beat the taste of your first dug new potatoes. We sampled our first ones yesterday simply washed, boiled and covered with salt, pepper and a knob of butter – perfection! On our Hitchin allotment we get to dig our first early potatoes ahead of time as we plant them in our … Continue reading

Allotment Rhubarb

Allotment Rhubarb

Picking the first stems of rhubarb from our Hitchin allotment is always a thrill. There is little to bring home from the plot and enjoy at this time of year, April is more about preparation and seed sowing for the season ahead. I think because of this the first rhubarb picked and eaten has a … Continue reading