Our Garden


Plants in our 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 […]


Spring Flowering Bulbs

One of the first jobs I did in the new garden was to plant lots of low growing spring flowering bulbs in the raised bed. We have mixed Crocus, Anemone blanda (blue shades), Galanthus Single Snowdrops and Narcissus Jetfire, which turned out to be too big really. My hope is that they will flower at slightly different times so there should be colour from early March though to May. Once I know where all the bulbs are I will plant alpine […]


Our New Bug Hotel

I recently entered a competition on Facebook to win a Bug Hotel and, surprisingly, I won! I have seen this type of bug house before and always liked them so I was really pleased to have won. Bug Hotels are designed to be used by insects as nesting sites and as somewhere safe to overwinter. Insects are both pollinators and predators so you want to attract as many as possible to your garden; siting a few Bug Hotels around is the […]


Plants in our Garden

In June 2015 I moved house so I have begun a new post about the new garden and am closing down this post. Take a look at our new garden here. We moved into this house in 1999 and, being brand new, it had no garden at all. Over the years we have developed the garden and since 2011 we have featured the best plants in this photographic journal. Photographs are not updated every month but I’m sure you’ll get […]


Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’

I have been catching up on Sunday’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show and loved the article on Peony Coral Charm. Apparently when the buds open the flowers are a deep pink then they turn coral and finally yellow which sounds absolutely fascinating. The first thing I did was to visit the Crocus.co.uk website to find out more only to find that it is currently on offer for under £12; my order has been placed. I’ll post some pictures as […]