Fabulous Fused Willow

Fabulous Fused Willow

When grown in close contact woody plants can fuse together, willow is especially adaptable to training in this way and can be used to create strong structures.

clematis napaulensis

clematis napaulensis

This wonderful winter flowering climber is looking great in my clients garden today. Only a couple of months ago they called me asking if they’d killed it off…..napaulensis is dormant through the summer and in mid winter sprouts leaves and then these beautiful flowers.

Beautiful living willow tunnel…..

Beautiful living willow tunnel…..

I renovated  this willow tunnel a couple of years ago, each season it puts on incredible growth providing a lush play space. Willow domes, screens, dens and arbours are planted during the winter months, until around the end of march, whilst the stems are dormant. Email now to register your interest or to book an individual installation. enquiries@reneebrailsfordgardens.co.uk

Time for Tulips, Daffodils and Alliums – tips for planting bulbs

Time for Tulips, Daffodils and Alliums – tips for planting bulbs

‘Choose colours to compliment your early flowering alpines, spring blossom or hard landscaping.’  Tulips lift an emerging spring garden with a riot of colour and are well worth planting in bulk – so often I see gardens with a handful of bulbs here and there, but whenever I come across a more generous display the results are staggering. Even a […]

National Forest Wood Fair 2012

National Forest Wood Fair 2012

More woody, crafty inspiration at this annual show. There is certainly something for the whole nature loving family at Beacon Hill in Leics. Live music, great locally sourced food, storytelling from the green man, craft activities, lumberjack displays, plants, shire horses, bush craft and green wood workers galore all in a glorious open air setting with spectacular […]

Boggy border? Planting ideas for heavy wet soils.

Boggy border? Planting ideas for heavy wet soils.

Ok, so I won’t pretend that this one is easy….. Heavy clay soils are backbreaking and even heavier when wet and they can hold water for months, only to make an impenetrable cracked surface when they finally dry out. The solution will depend on your site and requirements, often a garden on clay soil can have areas which drain […]

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2012

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2012

Wow! such a fantastic show, something for everyone,  beautifully executed show gardens in a magnificent setting. I, along with everyone else there, love, love, loved the ‘Bridge over troubled water’ show garden. The planting list includes 4 different achilleas, 3 different sanguisorbas and 6 different grasses including 3 different pennisetums – along with favourites such as sedum, […]

Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The beautiful strength and durability of wood…. what better material for a natural garden. The famous RHS show provides inspiration for family gardens with timber garden toys, structures and furniture. In spaces for children, clever use of natural materials can encourage heuristic play, look stunning and provide shelter for wildlife. Think less plastic sand pits more wooden stepping-stones set in long grass. It’s wonderful to see […]

Woodland Den for Children

Woodland Den for Children

Here is a photo of the woodland den I made at home for the children on 6th May. Inspired by the beautiful play area at RHS Rosemoor Devon. Hazel and birch prunings were propped together and bound with wire to create a traditional, old school den. I plan to add moss for a softer flooring, […]

How and why to compost…

Time to mulch the bare soil in your borders while the soil is wet and warming. Mulching is great for improving your soil condition, feeding your plants, reducing weeds and conserving water. Simply apply a layer of your chosen material to the top of your soil. Bark, gravel, slate etc work well as a weed suppressant between […]