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…

Read my new Scot’s Magazine gardening blog

I’m very privileged to feature in Scot’s Magazine this month and to be writing a weekly blog on the magazine’s website throughout July. My first entry offers some top tips on how to grow lettuce leaves, and the second entry – up today – is about how to encourage wildlife into your garden to help it thrive…

Why there’s so many reasons to love a sedum

At this time of year I can honestly say that I spend more time weeding than I do growing new plants or tending to my vegetables. While July is a glorious month in the garden for delphinium, red hot pokers (knautia macedonia), lathyrus and dianthus, it’s also a month where I find low maintenance plants…

Finding inspiration at the Chelsea Garden Show 2015

It would be fair to say my inaugural visit to the Chelsea Flower Show last Friday surpassed even my greatest expectations. Of all the fabulous show gardens, the L’Occitane’s perfumers garden was my favourite – and well worth the hunt to track it down (finally spotted at 3pm in the afternoon).  A quintessential French rustic…

How to make your garden a fragrant paradise

I was lucky enough to move into a new house at the end of last year with a beautiful little back garden which faces onto a tranquil canal.  Last weekend I lifted some of the gravel from a small 3m x 1m space beside the back door, laid down some compost and planted a climbing…

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…

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…