All posts tagged: garden

Want to get down to earth?

Want to get down to earth? Then get to Emmanuel wildlife garden, off  Chalford Road, West Dulwich on the last Wednesday afternoon (2-4pm) of every month. Norwood Wildlife team created a garden on a patch between Emmanuel, a Parish Church, and their neighbours 12yrs ago and have recently returned it to its original purpose with the help of Church members.  The main garden is an orchard of wild fruit trees, crab apple, cherry, plum (and soon pear) to feed the birds.  Around it is a hawthorn hedge with cow parsley and other hedgerow plants. At the entrance to the area stands a magnificent Rowan tree underplanted with primroses, dog violets and wild grape hyacinths and a long bed nearby is a showpiece for bigger subjects such as teasel, burdock and thistles. John Cotter, the Norwood team leader, says beginners will be welcome and he hopes they will go on to work on the team’s main project, Norwood Park’s Country Walk, a winding path across 3 acres which have been planted with most of the trees and …

Garden Talk: In praise of cherry blossom

There’s nothing prettier than pink cherry blossom against a clear blue sky – a sign winter is behind us and spring is here. Most cherries flower from March to May and there’s a type of blossom to suit all tastes from delicate, single blooms to blousy doubles, in whites and the palest pinks to bright candy floss pink. Cherries are a great choice of tree for London gardens as many varieties don’t get too big and the foliage colours beautifully in autumn giving another season of interest. Here are 10 of the best: Pale pink Prunus ‘Pink Shell’ A small, elegant tree with spreading branches and delicate single, pale pink flowers – a lovely contrast to the light green leaves. This is one of the prettiest cherries and widely available. 4m. Prunus ‘Kojo-no-mai’ A compact cherry tree/shrub – with delicate very pale pink flowers and wonderful autumn foliage. Ideal for containers. 2.5m Prunus ‘Accolade’ A graceful spreading tree with a cloud of large pastel pink semi-double flowers in April/May. It also has smooth reddish brown bark and …

Dulwich Society Garden Group Spring Gardens Talk

The Dulwich Society Garden Group’s spring talk on 22nd March will be given by Troy Scott Smith, the Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle Garden since 2013. Before his move to Sissinghurst, Troy was Head Gardener at Bodnant in North Wales, another celebrated National Trust garden. Troy’s talk, “Sissinghurst – revitalising Vita”, will tell us about the 7-year project that he and his team are carrying out to revitalise the garden, bringing about a more authentically Vita Sissinghurst – a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion. After the talk there will be an opportunity to meet Troy over a glass of wine. Tickets are £10 each (including a glass of wine) and may be purchased through (search “Dulwich Society”), or by sending a cheque payable to the “Dulwich Society” and SAE to Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB. Dulwich Society Garden Group Spring gardens talk Troy Scott Smith on “Sissinghurst – revitalising Vita” 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd March 2018 Lecture Theatre, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

Home-made with Jessica Walker

Spring is served…. On these bleak grey days its wonderful to have a promise of Spring in the house. I went in search of a mix of Spring bulbs and fresh flowers, available almost everywhere. Using a pewter serving plate, found in one of the many charity shops on Lordship lane, and a mix of votives I “served Spring”. Gently separate the flowers and bulbs. I potted the bulbs and used moss to finish. Cut the flowers, and arrange in the votives.  I choose tulips, for colour and texture, and narcissi, for fragrance. I added a candle to my centre piece for delicate light. Finish by arranging extra moss around the tray. You can now sit back and embrace the fragrance, beauty and light of spring. SaveSave

Garden Talk: And so to bed

It’s chilly out there, the lawn’s looking muddy and the borders tatty, but a bit of tidying now will make the garden look neat over the Christmas period and get you one step ahead for spring… Cut back… …but don’t be too tidy. Some perennials such as sedum have attractive seed heads that look great covered in frost or dew. Ornamental grasses also add winter structure as do dried out hydrangea heads – both can be pruned in spring. Cut back perennials that are looking tatty and brown such as peonies and Verbena bonariensis to around to 5cm from ground level. (Leave more tender plants such as penstemon until April or May after the frosts.) Wisteria can be pruned now and give roses a light trim, removing long or damaged shoots. Now they’re dormant, apples, pears, currants and autumn fruiting raspberries can also be pruned from now on. Likewise, trim off any dead, diseased or rubbing branches from shrubs and trees. Acers and birch are particularly suited to pruning now, before the sap starts to flow. …