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.

Allotment Harvest 2017: the winners and losers

Allotment Harvest 2017: the winners and losers

An interesting project on home grown fruit and vegetables. Do the results match what you have grown in your own garden?

Green City Gardens

During 2017 I took part in a research project being conducted by staff at University of Sheffield, under the banner of MY Harvest, into the impact of home grown produce on UK food production.  The project involved enlisting domestic gardeners who grow their own fruit and vegetables, either on an allotment or at home, to submit data about their crop yields throughout the year.  This blog post is about what the data for my own plot has revealed about this year’s harvest and has been written in conjunction with Datawoj (otherwise known as my husband!) who did some snazzy data visualisation for me.

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Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens

An excellent comment on what to appreciate in the winter garden.

Vergette Gardens

I started writing a blog post, got a bit bored and checked out twitter instead. I wish, and you may also wish, I hadn’t. The social media we make for ourselves usually coincides with our work, our aspirations, people who make us laugh or make us think. So it should come as no surprise my twitter timeline is jam packed with horticulturalists and gardeners.

Over the last few weeks it’s been a visual assault, starting with the apparent need to make orange great again, closely followed by multiple pictures of purple plants. Then red plants and flowers got in on the action with a hashtag. Today apparently had to be cheered up because multiple photographs of a Summer Garden will stop us feeling Blue.

Enough now, please!

Gardening is seasonal, life is seasonal, so shouldn’t we take the now of life and celebrate it a bit more. The winter garden…

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Last Garden Design for 2017

Last Garden Design for 2017

So pleased to end on a good note with a happy client. The overall design for this garden has been set out so I am ready to complete the more detailed outline plans for the different sections of the garden in the new year. What a wonderful way to start 2018. Sorry for poor photo but you will get the gist. Time to get ready for Christmas!

I hope everyone enjoys a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2018.