Monthly Archives: January 2013

Online Gardening Courses

Choosing and Using Shrubs in Garden Design I have just spend a month following Andy McIndoe’s course on shrubs at MyGardenSchool, the online intensive training for keen gardeners and landscape professionals. As one of the tutors myself, I was interested … Continue reading

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Tulip ‘Prins Willem-Alexander’

Queen Beatrix Abdicates, Willem-Alexander New King Of Orange Tea time yesterday Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands spoke to the Dutch nation and announced her abdication in favour of her son . Beatrix has reigned for 33 years. The coronation of … Continue reading

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Shrubs on a kitchen balcony

Survival in the city: Snow has brought an extra dimension to the small balcony next to my kitchen door; a balcony I never use, with an ugly metal fence and a view over buildings which are due for demolition. This spring … Continue reading

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Tulips Offer Hope

National Tulip Day 2013 It was only a week ago that I was writing about our mild winter in Holland and advising you not to miss the boat and get on with cutting back cold season grasses. Well since then … Continue reading

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Start of the late winter tidy-up – Cold Season Grasses

This is a timely reminder to cut back cold season grasses in late winter just before they start in to new growth. Normally, I would do this in February in Amsterdam, but this winter it is ridiculously mild here and … Continue reading

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Choosing and Using Shrubs in Garden Design

Over recent weeks I have been writing about using shrubs in combination with perennials  in my garden designs. Having read through all my books on shrubs and purchased a few new ones I seem to have more questions than answers. … Continue reading

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Greenhouse Vegetables

I dreamed of my own greenhouse long before I had it and in the beginning I grew lots of annuals in spring, failed to grow tomatoes in the summer and stored pot plants there in the winter. It was a … Continue reading

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Inside-out Garden Design

Is garden design in a rut created by the way we are taught to approach it? Perhaps it is the result of the scale of modern-day gardens that we think in terms of boundaries and what we can place within … Continue reading

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