How to create a stunning summer pot display

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One of the easiest ways to add colour to your garden in the summer is through a summer pot display. Although I love having a large garden to look after now, our previous house had only a small courtyard garden, so I'm used to being limited to container gardening. Summer pots are one of my favourite ways to add colour to the garden at the time when you're going to be using it most. After getting back from our holiday, setting up our summer pot display was one of my first to-do items. I headed to the garden centre to pick up the plants I wanted to use and got straight onto it. There is an art to creating a mixed pot ...

Wisteria at Greys Court

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I'm a huge lover of wisteria (and judging by my Instagram feed lately, I'm not alone!). It's such a brief period when it's blooming and you notice it everywhere - the gorgeous purple colour is stunning and the smell is something special. I got a call from my Mum earlier this week, well aware of my wisteria love, to tell me to get to Greys Court as soon as possible as she'd just visited and seen the most amazing wisteria. Not one to argue with my Mum (you wouldn't either!), we duly headed there early one morning to check it out (and make good use of our new National Trust membership at the same time). Greys Court dates back to the ...

The Garden in May – Part 2

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When I posted my May garden update earlier this week I have to confess that I was a little bit disappointed in it's progress and with the photos I'd managed to capture. I felt that it still wasn't quite looking it's best, and I was intending to head out in a few days time and try to capture some better shots. But fate had a bit of a slap around the face in store for me as a punishment for my ungratefulness, as later on that day I discovered water flooding into our garden, which quickly filled up the entire space, covering all of our plants with a layer of water. In so many ways I recognise that compared to other ...

The Garden in May

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May is the best month of the year for gardening in my opinion; everything is suddenly shooting up as if out of nowhere, there's lots already in bloom and even more promise of the months ahead. I'm a bit late with this month's garden post, but 'sorry not sorry' because it's allowed this  little pink azalea in the photo above to come into bloom! It has such a lovely colour - it was practically dead when we moved in here and has taken so well to being moved from the pot to the ground (which is more on the neutral side of things than the acid soil it prefers, so I had my doubts as to how well it would do) I've ...

The Garden in April

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For me, April is always the time of year when I start to enjoy getting out in the garden - the weather is sunnier, the work is more productive, and there are more pretty plants in bloom. The garden still looks a little bare, but all the signs of the promise of the season to come are there. I realised that in my previous garden posts, I've chosen only to show snippets of plants, rather than our garden as a whole, principally as the garden is not looking it's most impressive right now. But I think it's helpful to get a sense of the space as a whole, so I'm being brave and sharing a few full length shots with you ...

The Garden in March

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Although I've been out in the garden a fair bit in February, it feels like we've hit March and we're still on the cusp of spring officially arriving. I shared my big plans for the garden this year in last month's post, but most of my progress in February has been maintenance and preparation for the coming season, rather than having the joy of anything really blooming yet or seeing any huge accomplishments. But all around the garden are the signs of the promise of new blooms - the hydrangeas are looking good, and the long border is looking promising with the lupins just starting to take off now. And in the Mediterranean border, the grasses have all been cut back ...

Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley

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Butterflies in the Glasshouse is an annual event hosted at RHS Wisley and if you've not visited before, it's well worth a visit. The glasshouse is filled with hundreds of huge butterflies which flutter around you as you walk through - it's a really magical experience. We visit Wisley often as we are lucky enough to live close by and our most recent visit was this week at half term. It was our first time seeing the butterflies this year as the queue had looked too long on our other visits. This time we got there early in time for the park opening when there was no queue at all! If you don't like to queue you can pre-book your slot ...

The Garden in February

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I’m really enjoying the season edging ever closer towards spring at the moment – as I wander around our garden the signs of it’s promise are everywhere; allium and tulip bulbs pushing through the cold earth, muscari and hyacinths popping up to add some colour, and the buds on the camellia just about ready to pop. I thought I would start doing a monthly post on my plans for the garden, sharing what’s looking good each month, and including a list of to-do’s for that month. Last year was the first year that I really managed to get out in the garden since we moved in over two years ago (the first summer being far too preoccupied with a newborn!) and ...

Gardening – my ‘me’ time

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As a bit of an introvert, I’ve always enjoyed time to myself – a night in on my own for some pampering, an hour with a good book, even just sifting through my thoughts on the evening commute. I think that’s the thing I found most difficult about adjusting to maternity leave and being a mum – it’s so much more difficult to find time for yourself and your own thoughts when you’re kept company by a little being all day long (and a good part of the night too for that matter!)   We moved into our house in October and Max was born in the April, so I think it’s fair to say that we didn’t have much time to focus ...

Harvest Weekend at RHS Wisley

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We are lucky to live close to the RHS's flagship garden, RHS Wisley, and we visit frequently throughout the year. Last weekend was their Harvest Weekend, with tonnes of produce available to buy from various stalls and traders - apples, pumpkins, honey, chillis, it was a veggie grower's heaven. I think the world and his wife had the same idea as us as I've never seen Wisley quite so busy! The highlight of the Harvest Weekend for us was the hay bale maze - Max loved running around this and thankfully it was fairly easy to negotiate so Max's frequent forays in the wrong direction didn't hamper us too much.   The reward at the centre of the maze was a huge pile of pumpkins, ...