Plant supports at Abbotsbury

Plant supports at Abbotsbury

How pleased we were recently when visiting Abbotsbury Gardens to see the magnolias and rhododendrons, to come across some of our plant supports all laid out and in position ready for the new season's growth of herbaceous perennials such as Phlox and Crocosmia...

Not afraid of Storm Freya

Gosh, gardeners are an intrepid lot. The Forde Abbey spring fair was overshadowed (literally) by the coming of Storm Freya but that didn't deter them one bit. There was a really good turn out - from as far afield as Norfolk, Kent, Brighton and Birmingham. Proof of the...

All set for 2019 (well nearly)

We're finalising our programme for 2019 and so far have a dozen shows that are definitely booked. We're waiting to hear on four others so will have a nicely busy schedule for 2019. We're giving most things a second go: some shows we're big fans of, others the jury is...

Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new

There we were thinking that we’d have time to draw breath as we got to the end of the 2018 gardening season but we’re straight into the excitement of Christmas fairs and planning for 2019. Keep an eye on our Events page to see where we’ll be in 2019. We’re going again to quite a few of the events that we tried out in 2018 and are also trying some new things.

More glorious settings

More glorious settings

Last weekend's plant fair under the auspices of Plant Heritage at Athelhampton House was another one in a fabulous setting - this time a picturesque Elizabethan manor. The weather was kind and we saw a steady flow of visitors all day. It was only the second outing for...

Rose towers (almost) ready for action

Rose towers (almost) ready for action

With a new garden planted up this year, we're now turning our attention to autumn/winter. Part of the garden's development involves planting lots of new roses including about 20 climbing roses. So one of Jonne's recent blacksmithing jobs has been to make 10 rose...

Stop the flop!

Stop the flop!

The recent wet weather down here in the South West makes us all realise that we should have staked and supported some of our plants earlier in the summer when we had the chance. Funny how we always have these good intentions and then never quite get round to it until...

Attracting dragonflies

Attracting dragonflies

The hot weather at Taunton Flower Show last week brought out the wildlife as well as the people. This dragonfly - a common darter - seemed to adopt us and was clearly very fond of our metalwork. For hours on end two of them were perched either on our tall rose /...

Well Well Well

Well Well Well

In a very interesting commission, Jonne's just made a well cover in the shape of a spider's web. There is no end to the ingenuity of people and their specific requirements!

Two good shows

Two good shows

Great shows recently at the Hardy Plant Society Devon Group plant fair and the Axe Vale Show. Both very different but with good results for us. Helen Brown works so hard for the HPS (and the NGS and Plant Heritage!) and organised another good fair. Despite two...