The start of May in The Fortnight Garden

The start of May in The Fortnight Garden brings real change. The rain has made a huge difference to the garden, coupled with slightly cooler weather. Beds are starting to fill in and the fruit trees have been a joy. It has been a particular pleasure in a week when there were two ambulance trips…

London Garden Plants

I started planting the new London garden in the second week of April – it has been hard work but I am finally finished, apart from the ‘fernery’. You need to get down to ground level to see anything – the plants are still so small! Next to the steps into the ‘fernery’ the Hakonechloa overlooks the stipa…

The Fence Bed

The bed along the fence moves from sunshine to shade, and includes a Viburnum Plicatum (which has been transplanted) and the damson tree. It is difficult planting but thankfully DeakinLock are immensely helpful and knowledgeable – and patient! And in the sunnier part of the bed there will be grasses through which the knautia may…

Counterpoint in weather

Over there the geraniums need pampering. This splendid plant has faithfully repaid attention for five years: ‘..It begins to flower indoors in late April or early May and then is put outdoors. Trimmed and fed it stays quiet for a while, but now has burst into bloom. Has it not repaid attention?..’. Over here they stayed…