Climbing roses at Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

Rose cloud pruning: The Asthall Technique

When it comes to following rules, I’m pretty much, Dutch. Unspoken or rules carved in stone, there’s an efficiency in rule following, so we clog…

Lemon Thyme Madeleines: Recipe

They stand upright, mound or creep. Thymus vulgaris, longstanding winner of the ‘smallest evergreen shrub in the garden’ contest, is a plant I wouldn’t do…

All weather gardening: The new black

If the term wasn’t already nabbed, I’d refer to the gardening du jour as ‘Guerilla’ gardening. We’re seemingly fighting with the elements to keep the…

Touch stone: on form 2018

Henry Moore once said that he found the principles of form and rhythm from the study of natural objects. Pebbles, rocks, twigs, landscapes even, showed him…

Ode to a remarkable tree: Fagus Sylvatica

It was the news we dreaded more than any other. Across various test planes, ‘ratio of residual to decayed wood do not satisfy the Mattheck…

There’s something about Lia: The New Almanac

With successful titles such as ‘The Half Hour Allotment’, ‘Gardening SOS‘, and ‘The Speedy Vegetable Garden‘ to her name, there is no denying that Lia Leendertz…

Petal, Leaf, Seed: Book review

They think I have (finally) lost my marbles. To the surprise of my neighbouring allotmenteers, my plot looks rather overgrown and unruly. Bolted mustard leaf, towering coriander soon…

Beauty in decay: Plants that die nicely

When I first heard his prairie-ness Piet Oudolf say ‘I love plants that are dead’, I thought that the good man had sniffed one too many…