Plants in Dove Cottage Garden

Since 2011 I have kept a long running post detailing the plants in my garden in St. Helens. My new garden in Cheshire was very overgrown when I moved in so most of it was removed or pruned hard during autumn 2015. The progress of the “re-build” of the garden can be found in my post Dove Cottage Garden but here I will give details of the planting along with links to the actual plants on external websites. Front Garden The […]

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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 managed to fulfil my dream. The new house is called Dove Cottage and is, in fact, a good, solid, three bedroomed house with small front and back gardens, there is […]


Our Allotment

A photographic diary of the progress on our Allotment in Knotty Ash, Liverpool. August 2016 Yet another year had gone by without any entries about the allotment! The main reason for this is that we didn’t really change anything this year. We planted seed potatoes in black plastic bags to keep them out of the ground which has resulted in eel worm in the past. The harvest wasn’t very good in terms of overall weight but we got a few […]

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Four Must-see European Gardens

With its long history of horticulture, Europe features some of the world’s most spectacular formal gardens. No matter which corner of the continent you’re in, there’s a wealth of gardens to choose from — to help you pick the next one you’re going to visit, here’s our pick of four must-see European gardens. Kew Gardens, London, UK Image — Licence London’s Royal Botanical Gardens, also known as Kew Gardens, features more than 30,000 different species of plants across its 300 […]


How to Deter Squirrels in Your Garden and Protect the Birds

Are you feeding birds in your garden? It’s a great thing to do – birds are absolutely vital for our eco-system. They gobble up pests (meaning we don’t have to cover our lawns in harsh chemicals) and they even alert us when there are changes in our environment that need addressing. However, in a bid to help our feathered friends, many of us accidentally assist a group of invaders with bushy tails, little claws and sharp teeth: squirrels! Avid bird […]

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A Quick and Easy Way to Clean your Greenhouse

I think most people will agree that cleaning a greenhouse is not a very nice job but it does need to be done regularly to ensure good light levels. The first time I cleaned our greenhouse at the allotment I did it by hand with a bucket of water and a few cloths using Jeyes Fluid, what a mistake, everything, including my clothes smelt of Jeyes Fluid for weeks! The following year I decided to try using a patio cleaner, […]