How I am making changes to reduce my plastic use and live sustainably

I am a sentimental old soul, I treasure so many things that most folk would not think twice of throwing away.  I also keep things, just in case they become useful one day.  Yes, you could describe me as a hoarder!

I love our planet.  I love fields, meadows, glades, forests, hills, marshlands, bogs, mountains, streams, rivers, and oceans.  I love to see wildflowers growing in the wild. 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2017

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant Of The Year Award was first presented in 2010 to promote the continuing work of breeders and nurseries in producing improved new plants.  The RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant Of The Year Award celebrates and recognises the exciting and diverse range of new plants which are launched at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show each year.

Kate Gould, Keith Chapman, and the City Living Garden

City Living was designed by Kate Gould and built by Kate Gould Gardens.  The RHS judges presented this Fresh Garden with a Gold Medal, and the prestigious title of Best Fresh Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017!

This Fresh Garden was awarded a Gold Medal, and the coveted title of Best Fresh Garden, by the RHS judges at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

Life can be busy and stressful, it’s not always easy to make time to stop, relax, and appreciate the beauty of nature.  If you’re looking for some time out, a lovely and relaxing activity that you can take part in this month is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 – spending a restful hour watching and counting birds.

Hedges often provide food, shelter, and a nest site for garden birds.

Live, Growing, Potted Christmas Trees From Wheeler Street Nurseries in Witley

A live, potted, Norway Spruce Christmas tree from Wheeler Street Nurseries in Witley. This is one of the smaller trees that Wheeler Street Nurseries have available – this size tree is priced at £15 – £17 – with a £5 Wheeler Street Voucher presented if you return the tree, in good condition, before the end of January.

At Christmas, there’s nothing like having a real Christmas tree.  

Gold Medal winning RHS Chelsea Gardens 2015

Gold Medal winning Show Gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2015

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious event in the horticultural calendar.  At this show you’ll find inspiring gardens created by award winning designers, showcasing the hottest horticultural trends and movements, using exciting new plants alongside old favourites .

This is the flower show to come to for gardening inspiration!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious event of the horticultural calendar; with gardens designed by award winning garden designers and new plants, launched exclusively at the show, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show offers inspiration at every turn.

This year it was wonderful to see Dan Pearson back at Chelsea, his Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden won a Gold Medal and the much coveted award of Best In Show from the Royal Horticultural Society Judges.

Enjoy Being A Friend

We’re fortunate to benefit from so many beautiful, important, and historic gardens being open for us to enjoy in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.  We can be inspired by spectacular plant collections, see rare and exotic plants, enjoy beautiful landscapes and learn more about how amazing plants are, without travelling very far at all!

One of the ways in which you can support your favourite garden is to become a member or friend; this is such a lovely and special thing to do.  

Garden Advice for Mid-December – Mid-January

I love this time of year!  I look forward to seeing the beautiful, diamond like sparkle of the first frosts glistening in the morning sunlight.  There are lots of lovely things you can do now, both indoors and out, to ensure that your garden is in tip-top condition, with lots of wonderful new plants that you can look forward to growing next year!  

Garden Advice for Mid-November – Mid-December

I love autumn, the colourful falling leaves, shiny berries and burnished tones add to the romance and beauty of the garden.  Make the most of the autumn planting opportunities available now, order seed catalogues and create a beautiful garden to enjoy all year round. There’s still lots to do in the garden, or at your allotment now!

Mycorrhizal fungi are a UK species of fungi that occur naturally in the soil.