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Arthur's favourite tulip selection
My very first visit to Perch Hill (several years ago now) was in April, the boom time of Sarah’s garden...
The allotment in April
Down at the allotment there are subtle signs of spring, despite the chill in the air...
Sarah's weekly blog: Soft colours
I am sticking with soft colours this week — and the rule of adding smoky, slatey somberness to stop gentle colour combinations from being sickly-sweet...
Year Round Veg Course at Perch Hill
Sarah has an excellent way of sifting through which vegetables work best in your garden...
Sarah's weekly blog: Vintage colour combinations
This week, in this faded vintage theme, I’ve been drawn to a combination of early tulips...
The Cinderella of green manures
Phacelia tancetifolia is a wonderful annual flowering plant that deserves to be used much more often, both in the garden and allotment.
Summer flowers for pollinators
This is the time of year for wild dreams when it comes to plans for the summer garden.
There is nothing like a spot of travel, to inspire both the mind and the tastebuds for new ideas in the kitchen and garden...
Sarah's weekly blog: Super salad
What a relief that spring seems to be properly here now and with it...
Sarah's weekly blog: Benefits of birch, hazel and willow
This just arrived today, and we’ve added it to a good stack of already cut hazel...
Time to think about fruit
Everything in the garden is on the verge of waking up from its winter sleep now, in fact this year one or two things are already off to an early start...
The Wildlife Pond
One of the most enduring battles for the vegetable grower is that of man versus slug...
Sarah's weekly blog: Narcissus ‘Avalanche’
I can still pick a good three or four handfuls of Narcissus ‘Avalanche’ a week and this year have been doing so since Christmas.
Fabulous Foliage for 2016
Foliage, I am learning, is just as important as floral splendour, both in the garden and in a container...
Sarah's Weekly Blog: Edible seeds and Kale, Lentils and Hamhock Recipe
This year, lots of our trial edible seeds are coming from Peter Bauwens, he’s my latest veg gardening guru.
When short term strategies are best...
Last year I had a deliberate ‘think winter garden’ policy when I chose plants.
Sarah's weekly blog: Fake flowers
As a massive devotee of cut flowers, I never thought I’d find my self saying it, but for the odd vase, good fake feels like a good thing when real...
In December, the garden is stripped back to its bare bones. In this stark place, the evergreens come into their own.
Tulips of the Troughs
This autumn, I’ve been gifted three old cattle troughs from my friend Julian’s farm.
Sarah's weekly blog: Visit to America
Last month I was in America and had an incredible day with Martha Stewart
NEW Sarah's weekly blog: Flower Sprouts
I've just picked my first flower spouts ever (also called Kalettes) and I’m loving the look of them.
Beasts and bulbs, indoors and out
November, and the garden is at its most colourful, strewn with traffic light coloured leaves that fall from the Liquidambar.
An Indulgence of Roses
Roses were not really one of my top must-have garden plants, until this year.
Autumn in the Vegetable Garden
It's a fantastic time of year in the kitchen garden and down at the allotment.
Autumn Delights: Apples, Quinces and Damsons
Despite the chillier weather – and the need to find gloves, scarves and boots – there is something comforting about autumn.
Avoid these common mistakes when planting tulips
Tulips are my favourite spring bulb. I love their big statement colours. They're even beautiful when they're going over.
I would never want to be without tomatoes in the garden, the flavour is far beyond anything the supermarket can offer.
The nectar rich garden in September
Summer may be fading, and the floral displays of June and July behind us, but some of the garden's most nectar rich flowers are just beginning to show...
A Wet and Soggy Summer!
When we suddenly awoke to drains gurgling and a river running through the garden back in mid July, it was all stations go to rescue poultry from their...
A gift for the bees
At this time of year when the enormous flowers break open, the bees bury themselves deep within the purple petals, emerging eventually, blissfully covered...
The planning and picking of flowers for the feast began in earnest – I started picking early in the morning as the sun soon broke though, as you...
Allotment Open Day
Perhaps a little bit nosy but there's something really exciting about checking out other people's plots, marvelling at their runner beans twining up various...
A month of abundance...
The recent warm sunshine has brought about an abundance of fruit in our fruit cage, with strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, tayberries, blueberries...
The forgotten stars of summer
Lilies create great drama and excitement and begin to bloom as soon as the alliums seed heads begin to turn brown. I advise you to go crazy with...