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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sow seeds, take cuttings and get new plants for less…..

Sow seeds, take cuttings and get new plants for less…..

Inspired by a visit to a beautiful nearby garden. I am sowing seeds with childish excitement. Louise’s garden (above 1, 2 & 3) was cottagey and naturalistic, incorporating lots of pinks and purples with  aqualegias, sweet rocket, ragged robin (all easy to grow from seed). The hedges, blousy with honeysuckle, work with the old apple trees […]

To start…the year of the dandelion…

To start…the year of the dandelion…

Thanks to the months of hot dry weather, everything has run to seed – all at once and the beautiful yet beastly dandelion has really made a show. The fields are full of the spent heads and our gardens are clouded with the misty seeds. I guess this is a romantic way to look at […]