Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas


Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Having had an incredibly busy year designing gardens I’m going to enjoy a Christmas break with my family. Cooking for eleven on the big day! Will be back to designing and creating planting plans in the New Year.

This image is from a window in our village church here in Ryton which FOSACRAG have at last made sound by completing the repairs to the roof. ‘Thank you’ to all who supported us in this venture.

House Plants are back! — Noel’s Garden Blog

House Plants are back! — Noel’s Garden Blog

After many years of being seriously uncool, house plants seem to be back in fashion. My son, more in tune with the zeitgeist than I (after all he lives in Clapton in east London – Clapton-the-new-Brooklyn (but hasten to add is NOT a bearded hipster) has started to pack his windowsills. A few trendy looking…

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Drifts of Snowdrops

Drifts of Snowdrops

Well if you would like to see some stunning snowdrops this garden is abundant with them. Painswick Rococo Garden has them spilling down the hillsides and throughout the forest floor.

Even on a dull day it was beautiful.IMG_9378

Companion planting of coloured Cornus stems and Hellebores mix with evergreen shrubs.IMG_9368

A stunning carpet of Cyclamen hederifolium spreads out beneath the white blooms in some areas,


whilst a complement of evergreen ferns Asplenium Scolopendrium (Hart’s Tongue) supplement the mass of snowdrops in others.


Don’t rely on my poor photos as you can catch a glimpse on their video. https://vimeo.com/252180121

If you have a chance, do go and look. There are several species of Snowdrop together with their own special Galanthus Atkinsii which is a tall variety. You can purchase the plants in the green to plant up now. I have to add rather a lot to my garden to create the same effect. Thankfully you can achieve a beautiful display even in a small area.