What glorious spring weather we are having and I am so lucky to have fabulous countryside walks right on our doorstep to enjoy as part of our daily exercise. Whilst walking I remembered a lovely holiday we had in North Devon a few years ago. The verges and hedgerows were jam packed with wildflowers attracting all sorts of wildlife, there is something quite magical about seeing a field of poppies gently swaying in the breeze.
Wildflowers provide that early essential nectar boost for our pollinating insects as well as providing food for butterflies and moths. Bluebells, cowslips, foxgloves and Speedwell are just a few of the species that grace our roadsides and fields, and if you take time to look, they are all around us.
Planting an area of wildflowers in domestic gardens has become very popular. You can simply scatter seed directly over a prepared area of soil, or purchase wildflower turf mats which are already established. The area you choose will need lots of sunshine, and when flowering has finished, simply cut down the stems and leave on the ground for a time before you gather them up. This will ensure that all the seeds from the flowers have gone back into the soil to germinate again for next year.
So what have I been up to lately? Well gratefully still busy with existing and new garden design projects. Like others, I am adapting to a new way of working with clients, complying with government guidelines and taking care to observe the social distancing rules. I am very lucky to have an established team around me from landscapers to plant nurseries, and working together we are still creating beautiful spaces for our clients to enjoy.
On 8th May we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, the sun was shining and I think this helped to lift people’s spirits. We had a smashing day with flags, bunting, cream tea in or own garden and a sing song in the street!
I would be really interested to know what you have been up to in your own garden during lockdown; perhaps you have created a new border or even a garden pond? Maybe you have decided to grow vegetables for the first time or build an insect hotel with your children? Why not email me a photograph and a few lines to describe what you have done and maybe I can share some in my column next month? Email me at
Until next time stay safe