IN ANY GIVEN SETTING the human eye will automatically seek out the most interesting and intriguing thing in it. In a landscape our eye will look for the church spire; in a field we look at the cows; in a dark corner we look through the gap in the hedge to the field beyond. It isn’t always obvious, but some of the greatest gardens work well because they have given as much, if not more, attention to creating vistas and viewpoints as to the planting. These provide relief and con
Autumn is usually the time when gardeners get stuck in to the seasonal tidy, cutting perennials back, removing seed-heads and raking up and burning leaves. For many of us, seeing a lot of dead material in a border is difficult to resist removing, but resist we must if we are to help overwintering wildlife. Good news for those of us who need a break after the rigours of the summer garden. Leaving dead and dying plant stems standing allows birds to pick out seeds and provides
After such a long dreary winter, how nice it is that the sun has finally decided to come out. In the sun and warmth, flowers open, and bees take full advantage, having only a limited period in which they can forage for nectar. It has been well reported that bees are already facing significant threats from disease and loss of wild flower meadows over the past couple of decades. Honey bee numbers have halved over the past 25 years while numbers of bumblebees have fallen by arou
There is no season such delight can bring, as summer, autumn, winter and the spring.
- William Browne, Variety, 1630 We all feel a sense of sadness as the days shorten and we start to lose our favourite plants to death and dormancy in the autumn garden. For me though, the sense of loss is accompanied by excitement and optimism at the change in seasons. Every season has something different to offer and personally I would find a world without seasons pretty dull. In the aut