Mottisfont Abbey – a look back at the rose gardens in June 2014 (It’s raining again in 2016)

Set by the banks of the crystal River Test, cutting through the chalk downland, sits Mottisfont Priory, dating to the 13th Century and with a colourful history right up to the 20th Century with Maud and Gilbert Russell bringing life again to the old house and the National Trust subsequently taking the House and Gardens…

Goodbye April – or What the Gardener did Next- and shoe-horning in a mention of Titus Andronicus…

I saw these huge aquilegias at a garden centre yesterday - Virginia and Vermont - rather beautiful but prefer my Blue Barlows... A busy day yesterday, working in two of my gardens in Strawberry Hill. The first, occupied by further planting out in the newly created front garden borders and new container displays. In traditional…

Tackling that mossy lawn..

I've been battling with a particularly stubborn problem lawn since last summer - specifically rampant moss that refuses to give in.. True, the lawn is shaded by maturing trees - specimens which have grown significantly over the past three or four years - maples, mimosa, a spreading Robinia, oak too, from next door; it was…