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?
I’m rather passionate about figs and their history. I cannot just pull a fig part, their opulence seems to demand far more respect and to be sliced in half or quarters with a fruit knife, just like opening a beautifully wrapped gift to reveal the surprise inside. They are also wonderful when delicately baked until they gently ooze a sticky syrup, to be eaten on a cold day as a warm treat with cheese.