Category Archives: One-pot Wonder

Agapanthus 101

 How to grow Agapanthus My first day off yesterday, in just short of a year, and I got to spend it ogling at pretty flowers with the marvellous Debora who lunches with me irregularly, and shares my passion for extremely bad television. We were at the RHS Spring Show – that vast hall, with the concentrated […]

Snowdrops and Happiness

Snowdrops, gone over but not forgotten from Laetitia Maklouf on Vimeo. I made a little video…many reasons but mainly because I sit around tapping away at my computer for far longer than I strictly enjoy. Doing a video takes less time, and I get to smile at you (yes, all three of you….love you mum, […]

Take-home Chelsea: Cleve

Remember Chelsea? I’ve been meaning to do a few blogs about doing Chelsea at home but, like the British summer, I am slow at getting into gear this year… A few stand-out things have stayed with me since Chelsea, and they won’t go away. I think this is an excellent marker of VERY GOOD STUFF. […]

Slow things…

I love slow things. Here’s something I made almost a year ago, when I was rushing around being very un-slow, filming stuff for telly. Succulent off-sets, pinched off and squidged into the gritty-compost-filled frog of a brick. (You can get the recipe here). It was done in haste (and many, many times over, because that’s […]

George and his swamp

I’ve been meaning to do a quick update on the swamp I made for George back in January.     Suffice to say, George is comfortable. Here it was in January:   Also, late to the billion dollar party, I know, but I am finally having a love affair with Instagram (although I do want […]

Lavender dayzzz…

The lavender is a-buzzing.   This is one of life’s good things. I have lavender in pots, but my main lavender event comes in the form of twelve L. angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ plants that edge the ends of my flower beds. … That fuzzy softness…it needs off-setting with a tidy lawn (or better still, stone or […]

Bunny tails, realised

Just a quick one to show you those bunny tails I planted with Babety way back when. …Yet another illustration of the fact that plants will pretty much grow, no matter what you do, or DON’T do to them. ..by which I mean: that the seeds were less scattered than plonked that the watering was […]

My mother’s camellias

…She hasn’t space for bushes…so instead she wall-trains them. …It takes a while…. These have been here for as long as I can remember – (the pink one was given to my mother at the birth of my older brother)….What I’m trying to say is that they’re older than ME. I don’t remember them ever […]

Something to soothe

  Never parTICularly been one for an ‘erbal infusion’ (unless it’s lemon verbena or peppermint) I’m far more likely to munch leaves or a flower in a salad… or cover it with sugar and put it on a cake…   … but stuff’s wee bit stressy at the moment, and I went out to pick […]

February bells

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) are out in the shops right now. You should plant bulbs in autumn and LOTS of them…in which case you could do a lot worse than create a river like this one at Keukenhof (oh to see that one day). But for those of us with a little less space, they are […]