Cotinus ‘Grace’

Cotinus ‘Grace’

I love this plant! Watching it transform itself from bare stems to illuminated ruby-rust coloured leaves, swaying in the breeze, back lit.. it is absolutely gorgeous and I often include this deciduous shrub on clients’ planting plans. About the plant.. Botanical...

Tales from the allotment

After the constant rain last week, I wasn’t sure if my young plants would drown or not, although working on a sandy soil, I hoped that the rain would drain away and so I am delighted that my young bean plants have survived the deluge. And they haven’t been...
Tales from the allotment

Tales from the allotment

What an incredibly healing and absorbing activity clearing an allotment plot is. I am now six weeks in of taking on a half plot at my local allotment site in Baldock, where I live and work. Keeping my expectations within achievable reality helps me take the pressure...
Tales from the new greenhouse..

Tales from the new greenhouse..

I love growing Sweetpeas and this year I’m growing them for clients too. I have a lovely mix of colours from Sarah Raven’s website which come in the softest of yellows and pale delicate pinks to ‘Almost Black’, which has an incredibly deep...