Dove Cottage Garden

In June this year (2015) I moved from my four bedroomed, modern detached house, home for 16 years, to a three bedroomed cottage in a small village in Cheshire. I have dreamed for most of my adult life of a home in the countryside and after many false starts I finally […]

NewGarden2

FirstPrize

Our Allotment

A photographic diary of the progress on our Allotment in Knotty Ash, Liverpool. August 2015 The 2015 Flower and Vegetable Show took place at the Allotments this weekend and we won nine first prizes and a second prize: July 2015 I can’t believe that it has been a year since […]


Review – EGO Power+ Cordless Hedge Trimmer

I have never had a garden with a hedge until I moved into my new house three weeks ago. There is a tall Leylandii hedge running down the length of the front garden, separating my garden from my neighbour’s, and a smaller Hawthorn Hedge running around the edge of the […]

featured

Blackbird

Give a Bird a Home

Shocked at the decline in our native birds the people at Sykes Cottages recently conducted a survey to find out how many people had a nest box in their garden; the survey showed that less than a third of people do. Following on from these results they produced very interesting, and useful, visual […]


The Chelsea Flower Show: what to see at the biggest show of the year

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show remains one of the biggest garden shows in the world, and is a must visit for anyone with a real love for horticulture.  Visitors from all over the world head to the gardens of the Chelsea Royal Hospital to view hundreds of different displays across […]

Hibiscus

potatoes, wheelbarrow

How to Grow Potatoes 4

First earlies provide new potatoes suitable for salads second earlies fill in the gap between the first earlies and the main crop. Main Crop can be used straight from the ground or can be stored for use over Winter.


How to Grow Fragrant Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas are one of the most popular plants for UK gardens. They are annuals so only last the one summer but the display they give is always amazing; lots and lots of colourful, usually fragrant, flowers growing on bright green stems up to 6-7ft in height. Wonderful!

SweetPea2