Spending time outdoors in Winter

Even at this time of year it’s great to get out in the garden – it’ s a perfect opportunity to take stock of how it’s looking, spend some much-needed time outdoors and have a look at the wildlife you share your home and outside space with. Now that the growing season is over, it…

November gardening jobs

 I’m not sure where the year has gone – it seems like only yesterday that we were in the height of summer, but now the evenings are dark and this week I saw the first frost of the season on the ground. The Autumn months are a great time of year for taking stock of…

Creating the perfect Winter garden

The weather in the UK – and especially Scotland – can be unpredictable at the best of times, and cold sharp frosts can have a drastic effect on some of the more tender plants in your garden.  Thankfully, there are some age-old techniques, as well as some modern ones, you can tap into to get…

The benefits of having a greenhouse

I don’t have a greenhouse in my garden, but it is definitely at the top of my list of priorites for next year. There’s lots of reasons why I want one – particularly for starting seeds off early, protecting half hardy plants and growing my own tender vegetables – they are the perfect addition to…

Pruning acers in the dormant season

Most gardens have space for an acer of two. These beautiful maple trees come in a huge number of varieties and offer interest in many ways, whether that’s attractive bark, delicate leaves or fantastic deep red autumn colour. Autumn is the time to prune acers because they tend to bleed heavily when they are in active…

Urban gardening – making the most of small spaces

You don’t need a big space to enjoy gardening – whether you have a large back garden or a small window box, there’s lots you can do to make the most of your outdoor area.  Urban gardens can be made into the perfect haven to escape to after a busy day working in the city. …

Autumn is coming – is your garden ready?

Summer is fading and autumn is just around the corner. Transitional periods can be tricky for us gardeners, but after the productive summer months I personally see it as a good time to sit back and take stock and see how you can enhance the garden for the season ahead. Here are some of the…

Gardening in September and October

It may only be the start of September but I can feel Autumn is setting in. The mornings are cooler and darker, the grass is growing much slower and the daily gardening tasks are shifting away from lawn maintenance and perennial beds towards hedge cutting, leaf clearing and pulling out spent plants and flowers for…

Create a garden for adults and children

Particularly at this time of year, the garden should be considered an extension of the home – a space to relax, get back to nature, socialise with friends and play with the kids. Make the most of it during the summer – it’s a great opportunity to get away from the TV and spend some…

Top tips for updating your garden

If you love the idea of sitting out in the garden with dinner and a glass of wine, but hate the thought of having to do any gardening, then read on.   Most of us have busy lives and have little time to relax which means the garden is often neglected and can look a…

Creating colour using flower beds and pots

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to make a garden more colourful and interesting. I personally think that regardless of budget or the amount of time you have to redesign your garden, one of the best ways to add beauty is through your flower beds. These can look fantastically bright…

How the Royals used flowers to symbolise love

How Queen Victoria and Prince Albert used the symbolism of flowers to express their love for each other and their families is one the many themes explored in a new art exhibition on display at The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh – Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden. The gift of flowers to send a…