The sweet scent of Honeysuckle – in a candle

  Nothing signals the arrival of summer like the sweet scent of honeysuckle.  Come June and July this beautiful, highly perfumed plant comes alive in our gardens and hedgerows, and its white flowers are perfect for training over pergolas and archways, filling the outdoors with its rich aroma.  For me, the smell of honeysuckle also…

Encouraging wildlife into your garden

An afternoon in the garden wouldn’t be the same without the buzz of a bumblebee, the chirp of the song thrush or the colourful flash of a butterfly. It’s a gardeners duty  to help wildlife along – whether that’s by offering food to the birds, providing insects with some healthy plants to live on, or creating a…

Grow-your-own-gin masterclass

The Bonnie Gardner has teamed up with creative drinks consultancy Liquor to Lips to devise a very fun and informative drinks workshop ‘GrowYourOwnGin pdf‘ for up to 50 people. Designed to be on trend with gin’s modern renaissance and green fingered foodies growing their own botanicals, liquor to lips deliver the facts on the gin, while the…

My favourite rhubarb cordial recipes

If you’re anything like me you’ll have a glut of rhubarb in the garden that needs to be used up this month.  I’m a big fan of a rhubarb crumble, but it is summer and a crumble isn’t the lightest of desserts.  A nice light rhubarb fool like this one from BBC Good Food can,…

How to grow veg using just 1sq ft

I love the idea of square foot gardening. By following a simple and straightforward formula, anyone with even the smallest of outdoor spaces can grow their own fruit and veg, and it claims to be an idiot proof formula. In light of the fact that it’s National Gardening Week, I thought it would be a…

Scottish gardener – my first gardening article published

I’m absolutely thrilled to have my first gardening article published today in Scottish Gardener magazine.  It is distributed free with the Herald, and you can also subscribe to the quarterly magazine online here for just £6 for four issues.  You can also get a digital version of the magazine via that link. Hopefully there will be more…

Inspiration for your home-grown vegetables

On Saturday I was lucky enough to be taken for lunch at the Gardeners Cottage in Edinburgh – a tiny wee restaurant on Royal Terrance which is committed to serving food using the best seasonal and local produce while nurturing relationships with the local community and local producers. Before you reach the front door, you pass…

Top tips on what to prune, when and why?

If you’re anything like me, once you start pruning you find it hard to stop. Cutting away old foliage on shrubs and trees can be very therapeutic but it should come with a ‘highly addictive’ warning. Pruning is vital for promoting vigour and growth, encouraging new flower buds, controlling the size and shape of plants…