Our initial response to most things is in part greatly determined by our senses; by what we see, smell and feel. Shapes and colours and scents of flowers are what helps us consider how a plant will fit into the environment that we have in mind for it.
Also going by the name of ‘Pinks’ and closely related to carnations, dianthus are a centuries old garden staple. With such a wide variety there is now a dianthus for almost any planting situation. A quintessential cottage garden flower and a favourite with florists, they are also suited to modern, contemporary settings looking great as a stark contrast against an urban, architectural background. (more…)
Have you ever wondered what happens to bees in winter?
With the concerning decline of the bee population, and whilst we’re dusting off woolly socks and retrieving our thick coats from the back of the wardrobe the question arises of what happens to bees in winter and how can we help?
Heucheras, Tiarellas and Heucherellas
As summer draws to a close we start to think of our winter containers and interesting plants to take us through the coming months of shorter days and bad weather in an effort to also entice us out into the garden. When it comes to Heucheras, Tiarellas and Heucherellas, I’m like a kid in a sweetshop, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of glowing vibrant colours of copper umbers, amber oranges, fiery reds, brassy yellows and fresh lime greens, through gloomy winter months they are ablaze and shine.