Category: Gardens & environment

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In the natural world, no detail is too small

Today is World Environment Day but in spite of the fact that we have, in the last two months, achieved unprecedented low levels of pollution and have witnessed a cheering revival in our desire to learn how to live with nature and to garden, I regard the day with mixed feelings. Which is a shame as here in Britain, at least, this year should … Read More In the natural world, no detail is too small

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Gardening thoughts in Chelsea week

This week, I should have been madly dashing up and down the avenues of the temporary showground that appears in the gardens of the Royal Hospital Chelsea every May; I should be chasing round Ranelagh Gardens and through the Grand Pavilion, back down Main Avenue and then doing it all over again, to make sure I don’t miss one single delicious detail of the … Read More Gardening thoughts in Chelsea week

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Go large with colour in the garden

Garden centres across England are set to reopen from tomorrow and while I need to free up some pots and planters to put them into, to celebrate the occasion, I’ve compiled a list of plants in colours that really pop, à la installation created by garden designer Jake Curley and stylist Selina Lake for Alitex, and in Jo Thompson’s garden for Wedgwood, at last … Read More Go large with colour in the garden

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A crown for Garden Day

Whether you can retreat to a garden, an allotment or a balcony, have windows blessed with blooming windowboxes or shelves and tables laden with treasured houseplants, this Sunday is Garden Day so take some time to get your plants and flowers into tip-top order and when Sunday comes, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Make your local garden centre and florist … Read More A crown for Garden Day

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Living in paradise?

Four weeks and counting spent cooped up in our homes and gardens (if you’re lucky enough to have one) has probably laid bare a nagging flaw or two in the way they function. It has almost certainly also inspired ideas for a more comfortable way of living too. For landscape designers such as Randle Siddeley, creating spaces that suit our lifestyle is at the … Read More Living in paradise?

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Dancing with butterflies

With no cars on the roads, I’ve decided to switch off my ‘phone’s birdsong alarm as I’ve found that the real thing has become loud enough to wake me at dawn each morning, while the humming of bees has been helping to set my little grey cells working as the insects busy themselves in the eaves above my window. Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies … Read More Dancing with butterflies

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Nature’s salve in lockdown days

The sights, sounds and smells of Spring lift my spirits at the best of times but in these lockdown days, as I’ve grown used to the blissfully deafening silence and reduced levels of pollution, the growth of the new season seems all the more thrilling. A sharp acidic scent of new-mown grass and blooming daffodils is flowing through my windows from the garden next … Read More Nature’s salve in lockdown days

‘The time of the singing of birds is come…’

Watching the still-winter-slim pigeons and ever-bold magpies swooping down to pick up twigs at the bottom of the garden, and then up again into the various tangles of bare branches they have decided to call home for this nesting season, it’s hard to believe we are living amidst a terrible pandemic. Thanks to the COVID-19 virus, the news pages report today that more than … Read More ‘The time of the singing of birds is come…’