October 24, 2014
One of our most popular annual flowers summer just wouldn’t be complete without sweet peas growing happily somewhere in the garden. The wonderful range of colours and heady scent makes them a firm favourite of many.
Originating in the eastern Mediterranean sweet peas were first cultivated in England in the 17th century by Henry Eckford, a member of the RHS. We now have about 160 different species with plants available in every colour bar yellow. For some reason yellow has remained elusive but breeders are working hard to put this right.
Gaining a head start
February 17, 2013
At last, the sun is shining, everywhere in the UK as well as here in the north Cotswolds from where I write this blog post. I walked around d the garden this morning, and despite all the work that needs doing, it is a joy to be outside again. My insistence on feeding the birds, come what may, has as always resulted in more bird-table visitors, and more obviously staking out territory for nesting sites. To many, my garden would be anathema; a tamed wilderness, and not all that tamed at present, but I know that come Summer, when the aphids strike, I will not need to spray for the wild-life will be there to consume creatures that will otherwise attack my produce.