Garden Emergencies

Help! As a designer there is one fundamental expectation when friends and clients visit; that my garden will be alive. This year that has been questionable as we've battled a plague of voles, unrelenting high temperatures, unprecedented drought and recovery from last winter which although mild arrived with a drop in temperature of twenty degrees or…

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Punch Up the Color!

Looking for a new color twist this year? Try magenta on for size. Neither pink nor purple, magenta  leans towards fuchsia but is deeper. Designer Daniel Mount is one of the best colorists I know. Where I would settle for a pleasing color echo he achieves that but  then kicks it up a notch to become exceptional. In…

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Fit for a Princess

It's raining – again. Trying to work in the garden at this time of year means donning full waterproofs and accepting I'm going to be as muddy as the dogs by the time I come back indoors. Those on the east coast are probably jealous of my mud, however,  since they haven't seen the ground…

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Deer-Free Garden Dreams for 2014

It always amazes me that after just a few months respite from gardening I suddenly find myself dreaming of next seasons adventures. Moving the shrub that got too big for the front garden over to the back garden where it will have a bit more breathing room. Or making a list of new vegetables to…

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Great Gifts for Green Thumbs

  "Deck the halls with boughs of holly" is all well and good but between that, baking a gazillion snowman-shaped cookies and making merry at various parties there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of time left for finding the perfect gifts for friends and family. Well for the green thumbs on your list…

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