a pair of violets

  • July 26, 2012 10:53 pm

My Dad took this photo yesterday of his Granddaughter and Mum, the two Violets, aged 2 and 89 respectively, ¬†sitting on a bench in the blooming gardens at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. These two have a wonderfully close bond, it’s magical to see them together. I know you won’t mind me borrowing Dad, I couldn’t…

girl in a shed

  • June 2, 2012 1:18 pm

At last the sun has put in a brief appearance after weeks and weeks of rain. Today the rain is back again, but this past week has been boiling hot and coaxing all those little seedlings to grow. My parents have been putting lots of effort into helping with the allotment. Mum and I put…

visionary planting

  • May 21, 2012 7:00 am

Today I am excited to share an interview with John Warland, one half of the award-winning design duo FlemonsWarland, who have teamed up with World Vision for their debut at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week. Using bold design and clever planting, the pair articulate the strong ethical and ecological values at the core of…

the hour of splendour in the grass

  • May 18, 2012 8:03 pm

We managed a little relaxing in the garden this afternoon, just playing, running, gadding about, watering the pots and enjoying the flowers. Right before it started to rain.  

A seedy afternoon

  • April 20, 2012 1:50 pm

Earlier in the week we visited Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire. They were hosting a Heritage Gardens Day. It poured down in the morning but by the afternoon we were sunbathing on the lawn in front of the house. It really is a tough life sometimes. We spent most of the time wandering happily about the…

Stowe Aways

  • February 17, 2012 11:10 am

We needed to get out into the fresh air and burn off some energy this week. I’ve posted a couple of times in the past about Stowe Landscape Gardens (here and here) and the National Trust have recently renovated an old 18th century coaching inn on the site and installed a brand new cafe and…