Monthly Archives: February 2011

Miracle Plant

If you know anyone with Leukemia or Lymphoma (A cancer of the lymphatic system) you may have noticed the Periwinkle logo being used on literature and on websites.  The Periwinkle, otherwise known as Catharanthus roseus is a species of Catharanthus that is native to … Continue reading

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Focal Points

If a garden doesn’t have an accent or a focal point the eye tends to wander rather than looking around and then resting on the point of interest. When a focal point is included in a design it draws attention to that specific … Continue reading

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The tallest and the oldest

Britain’s tallest tree is the 210ft t Stronardon Douglas Fir which is growing near Dunans Castle in Argyle, Scotland. It is taller than 15 double decker buses stacked on top of each other and would be at least 40ft higher than Nelson’s Column. It is believed … Continue reading

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Bark – woods not woofs

When I choose plants for the gardens that I design they have to be ‘doers’. It is very rare for me to pick out a shrub or a tree that doesn’t have three plus points. These can be stunning blossoms, gorgeous … Continue reading

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The scents of winter

I don’t have a very good sense of smell; subtle, muted perfumes don’t do it for me. I need ’wow, what was that?’ knock out wafts of sweet, heady fragrance. I’d rather not put my nose right into the centre of a plant to … Continue reading

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The birds and the trees

I read an article in the Times today that stated ‘Legend has it that St Valentine’s Day is when the birds choose their mates’. Perhaps the birds in my garden are a bit forward because they certainly seem to have paired … Continue reading

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Yellow – love it or hate it?

What do you think about yellow plants in the garden?  They can bring a hint of sunshine to the dullest areas of the garden and they contrast fabulously against plants with red or purple leaves;  for summer planting, they can look … Continue reading

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Trees – much more than wood

For hundreds of years people have used trees not only for firewood, building and furniture materials, and food but also to soothe ailments and cure diseases. To me, it’s nice to know that a plant not only looks good, but is … Continue reading

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‘Fail to plan then plan to fail’

I’m not sure if this is the correct saying, but it hopefully gets the message across. As a designer, I’m often surprised what little thought some people put into a new garden. If they were having a new kitchen or bathroom … Continue reading

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February pruning

It’s really felt like spring today and I’m sure that many people have been working in their gardens. There’s lots to do, but there is still a threat of snow and heavy frosts this month so don’t get carried away. Pruning … Continue reading

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