Winter Pickings

I’ve always preferred a more natural look when it comes to Christmas decorations – give me holly and ivy over tinsel any day. Up until relatively recently this was always an aesthetic choice, but as we’ve all become more aware of the impact consumerism is having on the planet, decorating the house for Christmas with evergreens and pretty twigs makes much more sense that buying in plastic garlands and baubles transported across the globe, where one day they’ll end up in landfill.

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A Woodland Border

Saying I’m planning on having a woodland area sounds rather grand, but our new garden isn’t huge – it’s about 24m by 12m. The back area faces north and when we moved in it already had a large (too large) silver birch, a huge lilac and several evergreen rhododendrons. It also had a 16ft tall leylandii hedge, along the boundary, but it was dead on our side and much too big. Tackling this was one of the first jobs in the garden to be tackled. Tree surgeons came in and chopped them down and then ground out the stumps. Doing this has meant we’ve lost some privacy, but the extra light coming into the garden now more than makes up for this.

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Plant Inspiration

The work to the new house is finally coming together, and I’m now ensconced at my new working space with a view of the back garden. One day I hope this scene will soothe my email-addled brain and inspire feature ideas in a way staring at the blank wall at my old house never could. Unfortunately at the moment the back garden is not even a work in progress and is inspiring just frustration. Continue reading “Plant Inspiration”

Gabriel Ash and the RHS – Inspiring Everyone To Grow At RHS Garden Wisley’s New Allotment Plots

Gabriel Ash and the RHS have a long standing relationship.  Gabriel Ash were one of the first RHS Licensed Partners and they are proud to have had a continuing relationship with the RHS since gaining the first Licence agreement back in 2005.  Gabriel Ash are proud to be the only Timber Greenhouse manufacturer to be endorsed by the RHS, but this has always been more than simply a logo to display on our web site and literature, we have always tried to see it as a partnership and try to get involved in any way we can to help the RHS encourage growth and development in horticulture. Continue reading “Gabriel Ash and the RHS – Inspiring Everyone To Grow At RHS Garden Wisley’s New Allotment Plots”