The Garden in July

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It's fair to say that June was more a month of recovery for us after the flood disaster back in May, but I'm hoping that July will bring us back on track. I feel like all the work in restoring has put us way behind in the day to day maintenance that a garden needs though, so July certainly needs to be a month of lots of weeding! But the thing I've been most excited about has been the ability to sit outside and enjoy the garden properly! We've dusted off all of the furniture, and even managed to eat outside which Max thought was a complete novelty! There's something a bit magical and holiday-like about eating outside, isn't there?     I love ...

A visit to Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

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Hampton Court Flower Show is one of the biggest events in horticulture, and as an RHS member living not too far away, I was really keen to visit this year. I booked an early-bird RHS ticket for £20, arranged childcare, and off I went - all on my own! It was blissful to be able to wander around the ground, just seeing what caught my eye, without having to worry about pleasing anyone else. I even caught a glimpse of Monty Don being mobbed by adoring fans!   The Show Gardens The show gardens are the big attraction for me. I love seeing them and taking inspiration for my own garden. They're all spread out throughout the show ground, so you do have ...

Restoring a Flooded Garden

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When our garden flooded last month I was devastated. Of course it's a small issue compared to experiencing flooding of your house, but I was very upset to envisage all of the hard work I'd put into the garden over the last year going literally down the drain. But I've been so surprised by how resilient a garden can be to flooding - if you're reading this after experiencing a flood and hoping to restore your flooded garden, I hope you'll be reassured by how quickly ours has bounced back. Stay off the soil and the lawn until the water has gone Be patient and allow the water to drain away. Walking on water-logged soil compacts it, making it more difficult for it ...

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 ...