Tree planting in Blondin Park

I’m feeling a bit stiff today, thanks to a day spent planting trees yesterday as part of the Blondin Park Community Tree Planting Day. About forty or fifty volunteers turned up on a chilly Sunday morning to plant fruit trees which included hazel, apple, mulberry, fig and quince, provided through a grant from the London Tree and Woodland Grant Scheme.… Read more →

Blooming roses

I have been diligently feeding and deadheading the roses in the garden of one of my clients all summer, and they have been responding magnificently! One beautiful yellow Arthur Bell rose (did you know it was named for the man who created Bell’s Whisky?) is still flowering in late November and looks set to go on into December, although I… Read more →

Daffodil planting

Spent a day last week naturalizing daffodil bulbs for next spring under chestnut trees at Osterley Park, the National Trust property where I work one day a week as a volunteer gardener. At a lecture I attended recently, we were told that the practice of burying a bulb at a depth of twice its length is all wrong, and that… Read more →