Has Spring Sprung?

Today it really felt that Spring is here! Feeling the warmth of the sun was such a treat, but with a freshness in the air reminding us that it is still mid February. Work wise for me, although it is full speed ahead with moving shrubs around and planting hardy evergreens and trees, I am …

Witch Hazel to brighten a February day

Witch Hazels are in flower right now and the scented, acid yellow flowers certainly brighten up a dark February day. What plant in their right mind chooses to flower now? Well the Witch Hazel (Hamamellis mollis) defies logic and goes ahead anyway – for our pleasure!  

Artistry from Chelsea’s Past

Never mind that I won’t be going to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (it’s now sold out), I am still gleaning lots of inspiration from the show gardens of years gone by. This was the Laurent Perrier garden from 2010 designed by Tom Stuart Smith. Multi-stemmed Betula nigra trees are beautifully underplanted with Hakonechloa grass, …