Plant of the month

Plant of the month: Ivy – September 2020

Order: Apiales Family: Araliaceae Genus: Hedera Type: Climber Propagation: Seed or cuttings Native to: Europe, Africa and Asia I expect some of you are thinking "Why on Earth would you have Ivy as Plant of The Month, when most people spend a considerable part of their gardening life trying to get rid of it?" Well, actually,… Continue reading Plant of the month: Ivy – September 2020

Art materials, Drawing, Gardens

Garden sketching kit – with a blackbird for company

Here in the UK, the weather just hit the point where I can sit outside for a while without freezing to death, just in time for the Easter week-end. With the current crisis making the world much quieter, it was perfect out there. Blue sky, clean air, flowers, the birds and me. And Penelope rabbit… Continue reading Garden sketching kit – with a blackbird for company

Plant of the month

Plant of the month: Winter Honeysuckle – February 2020

Order: Dipsacales Family: Caprifoliaceae Genus: Lonicera Species: L. fragrantissima Type: Deciduous shrub Propagation: Seed, greenwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn Native to: China This plant of the month is not particularly spectacular, nor is it colourful or unusual. But as I lay convalescing from surgery on my feet (both at the same time, that's pretty… Continue reading Plant of the month: Winter Honeysuckle – February 2020

Art courses, News 2019

Workshops Isle of Wight, London and West Dean

While I am busy keeping an eye on the adventurous and frankly completely out of control baby blackbirds in my garden, let's do an update on courses for the rest of 2019... I am doing a series of workshops on the Isle of Wight this summer and autumn. Once a month on a Tuesday I… Continue reading Workshops Isle of Wight, London and West Dean

Gardens

The Birdbath Coup

“It will never work”       “They will completely ignore it”       “It will always be filthy” That was Mr. Flora’s Patch’s verdict on the general usefulness of a birdbath. Eventually he gave in, probably because it was easier. On a sale day at the garden centre, I got my birds a bath and proudly installed it by… Continue reading The Birdbath Coup