The fabulous gardens of Walmer Castle We spent a few days in and around Broadstairs in Kent a few weekends ago, including an afternoon at Walmer Castle. It’s slap bang on the coast, between Deal and Dover, looking out over the North Sea across to France, canons trained menacingly on...
The big day finally arrived and we opened our leafy urban garden to local visitors. It had been a while in the pondering and planning, but committing to opening up to raise money for local street trees turned out to be just the encouragement we needed to fix fence panels...
I’m sure that you, like all good gardeners, have been constantly looking at the weather forecast for your local area, and this week it seems as though it’s getting colder. The trees are losing their leaves which have turned into beautiful hues of yellow, orange, rust and red. This is...
We get many people enquiring about specific things at certain times of the year, and here are some of the most frequent ones and some helpful answers: Question 1: When will my order be delivered? Answer: Current deliveries for bare root plants should arrive by mid-November depending on what...
It’s Shrove Tuesday on 4th March, the day we all look forward to for our annual pancake feast and afterwards declare that we should eat pancakes more often. We rarely do of course, so this classic recipe is a way to ensure you make the most of your annual treat.
Berry season is long gone, but this sauce is a great opportunity to use up any frozen gluts from last year.
Makes about 6 pancakes, depending on the size of your pan
Country hedges have been full of fruit this year,
but where are the berries in our cities?
London-based urban gardener, Dan Combes, wonders why there aren't more berries in city centres...
Towns and cities of Britain, why aren't we cultivating more soft fruits?
Over the last the two weeks I have planted thousands of bulbs. But why (London, I'm talking to you especially) am I not planting soft fruits? It is the perfect time to put in berries and currants.
As I write our native flora is abound with fruit. I have never seen our hedgerows so stocked. Clusters of red fruits weigh down hawthorn branches. Rose hips wreath their way through the arms of blackthorn, with their sloes ready to bring the best out of gin.
Chicken, strawberry and avocado salad
Fruits are not just for desserts.
In the pursuit of new and interesting tastes we love pairing fresh fruit with savoury dishes too. The slight tang in many soft fruits works especially well with rich meats – think of apple sauce with pork, or cranberry sauce with turkey.
But incorporating fresh fruit into the dish itself is a logical extension of this, creating an effect which is subtler and even more delicious!
Read on for a few of the fruity, savoury partnerships that we really enjoy putting together...
We sell a lot of plants each year and having only a few hundred of something popular tends to cause more trouble than it is worth - you sell out before the season has started and only end up upsetting people. Well, we have been building our stock of blueberry...