Garden Writing

JULY – Growing Wild

Catherine Thomas sings the praises of meadows and wildflowers. When I drive around the Wiltshire countryside in summer I take care not to spend too long enjoying the roadside verges. I find them so inspiring that I’m in danger of not looking at the road ahead. So many garden plants are descendants of our native…

read more

JUNE – Roses, roses all the way…

Catherine Thomas enjoys the romance and versatility of the rose, exploring what this beloved bloom can do for your garden. We love our roses, and with good reason: there are our native species (such as Shakespeare’s eglantine and the Scottish burnet rose) and so many luscious varieties and cultivars with different scents, flowers, foliage, hips…

read more

MAY – Don’t forget the birds and the bees…

Catherine Thomas sings the praises of nature gardens and explains how to create a welcoming haven for wildlife. One of the delights of gardening is the wildlife that shares our gardens with us. There are few sights more joyous than that of the first brilliantly golden Yellow Brimstone butterfly fluttering through early daffodils. We all…

read more

APRIL – Divide and connect

Hedges are a stalwart of garden design – Catherine Thomas explores the versatility of these structural plants. The garden of rooms is something of a cliché these days but it is an apt description of the sense of enclosure most of us enjoy in our gardens. This is where garden design most closely resembles architecture….

read more

MARCH – New Life

Catherine Thomas pays homage to the changing season with a celebration of some floral favourites that signal the start of spring At this time of year our gardens are full of the promise of future delights. The ochres, fawns and russets of winter are gradually showing the green shoots of new life. Low springtime sun…

read more

FEBRUARY – Romance, naturally

Catherine has been thinking outside of the box for Valentine’s Day. How on earth did flowers, especially red roses, become symbolic of such an ancient festival as Valentine’s Day in England? I’ve checked my Wildflowers of Britain book and it confirms my certainty that the only native flowers which bloom in February are hazel and…

read more

JANUARY – Vegging out

From aesthetics to taste – Catherine Thomas explores the many delights of a winter harvest. I may be unusual but I find the winter vegetable garden beautiful. I confess that this may be because the pressure is off – no job is so vital that it can’t wait a week, a month, even till spring…

read more