Having fun with shade and sun

Down the side of our Victorian maisonette is a narrow alley way. It’s where I started our garden so I know its seasonal

Into Autumn – colour, bulbs, robins and changes

I’ve been planting bulbs today, are there many things more satisfying? I really love this time of year (but then I love

Longing for Littlebury

It is a year since we overhauled our garden – after two years of experimenting – and as the rest of the country re

4 Fundamentals of attracting wildlife in urban gardens

The other day I was in the garden watering our fern wall during one of those still and quiet moments that are so rare in cen

Summer highlights in our garden

Our experimental garden is now in its third year with lots to fix but standing back and overall the atmosphere is coming toget

We’re back in business

So much happens in May, you blink and you miss it. When you open your eyes in June though, everything has gone from dull brown

Tulips – worth the bother?

This year I planted over 100 tulips. I love tulips. However, while they last for a good three-ish weeks in flower, that’

Tulips, planting out tomatoes early and seedlings

Tulips: the last two years I’ve tried growing some tulips and it went horribly wrong. Especially last year with a “

Pot’s Growing On: April 2016

Someone pointed out I haven’t done an update about our own garden for a while, clearly I’ve been bleating on abo

The Future Jungle

Uh oh. Guys. I had a wave of inspiration about our garden on the walk home tonight. Hit the decks.

March 2016: Allotment woe to propagation pro

March has to be up there in my top three favourite months of the year. Yes February has snowdrops. In March however every inc

Getting to grips with grasses

In 2016 I want to get to grips with ornamental grasses. In particular, using them in mixed plantings  to achieve that blende

Fernatic: 50 fern species, 1 living wall!

Why we created a diverse 50 species collection of ferns on one modern living wall and how we did it. I’ve always been

Big Dreams, Small Spaces

In 2015 we took part in series two of the BBC’s Big Dreams, Small Spaces presented by Monty Don. It really was a dream c

Dahlia experiment: cultivars put to the test!

In late 2013 I discovered Dahlias. As unbelievable as that might sound to gardeners who have grown up with them for decades,

Big Dreams, Small Spaces Diary: A Cat’s View

Miaow there, My name’s Rumbles, short for Mr Rumbleson Aria Wallington-Anderson. I wanted to tell you my side of the st

Big Dreams, Small Spaces: Photo Gallery

These photos were all taken during the filming of Big Dreams, Small Spaces (2015).

The Plant & Flower Database 2015

While we had dreams of a little Victorian neon jungle of a garden, my main personal dream for 2015 was: make up for lost time

Big Dreams, Small Spaces Diary 4: Finished! (Late Summer)

To cut to the chase, we did it. We had a silly dream that meant everything to us to make come true. With lots of help from Ch

Big Dreams, Small Spaces Diary 5: Autumn – after the show finished

After the show was over we were sad to see everyone go. It was so much fun taking part, largely because the people making the

Big Dreams, Small Spaces Diary 3: Summer (June – August)

June was a pretty great month for the garden. All of the ground work was done, things were on track and many plants were star

Big Dreams, Small Spaces Diary 2: Spring (March – May)

With the start of March came the news we were in! Big Dreams, Small Spaces was happening and we were put on a last minute war

Big Dreams, Small Spaces Diary 1: Winter (January – Feb 2015)

In 2015 we took part in Big Dreams, Small Spaces. Find out how it all happened below…

Big Dreams, Small Spaces: The Plan

This page summarises the ‘what’ and ‘why’ behind the dream for our Victorian London botanist inspi


MASSIVE tidy up this weekend! The building work is almost finished and for the first time since spring I could sweep up and c

Planting spring bulbs – tulips, snowdrops, fritillaria and alliums

This year I’m planting my spring bulbs for the spring White Garden in three stages:

Pot’s Growing On in October 2015? Bulb planting, removing plants and adding new ones!

As the nights draw in and the temperatures turn colder, there’s a sudden sense that the gardening marathon is over for a

Pot’s Growing On: cuttings to overwinter

Today I took softwood cuttings of a few plants in order to overwinter them more easily indoors (as we have zero space) and to

Planting Galanthus nivalis bulbs (Snowdrops)

Today I planted 50 x Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) bulbs and 9 x Fritillaria meleagris ‘Alba’ bulbs. I followed the

Planning the winter/spring white garden

Last year I attempted a ‘spring white garden’. Bit of a disaster. I was aiming for white flowers from January to

Whoops, bought two mini succulents

Uh oh, what’s going on here? Two little succulents seem to have popped into my bag while I was at the RHS Wisley Flower

Vine weevil menace returns to Clapham!

They’re back! Those little notch mark bites on your otherwise lovely leaves. Yep, it must be vine weevil. Grr. Interesti

Where did August go?!

Sorry for a lack of updates about our garden recently, I’ll have stuff to share later in the year. We’ve been unde

Pot’s growing on: Dahlias, Nasturtiums and… cats?

April 2015, what a month! Practically no rain and hot all month, then the weather turned cold and wet in the final week. The p

Designer Edibles 1: Peas (Pisum sativum ‘Meteor’)

I’m on a mission to grow as many different species and varieties of plants as possible to help with my RHS Level 2 studi

Pot’s Growing On: 1st April and spring is well underway

After about a year of planning for our garden this year, we’re now able to get started on making it reality – I ca

Pot’s Growing on in March 2015? Keeping seedlings alive and watching the world come to life

With the spring equinox (and a non-existent cloud hidden solar eclipse) done and dusted, Clapham is noticeably exploding into

Fuzzy buzz

Buzzy McBuzz

Spring has arrived in Clapham!

Spring definitely hit Clapham this week with days of sun and temperatures high enough to be outside without a coat. Plants are

Big Dreams, Small Spaces: Victorian inspiration

Driven by a renewed love of plants and a brain being filled with RHS knowledge, in 2014 I designed a mico-Victorian themed gar

Dividing a Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ plant)

I’ve had a Zamioculcas zamiifolia for some years now. In the last year, I found the magic formula and – despite ru

Sowing seeds, planting clematis and pruning

Today Rumbles was doing cartwheels in the garden trying to catch a fly – the most activity he’s done in months. I

February: exams done, seed sowing starts!

9th of February is a date I’ve had engrained in my mind for the last five months or so, as it was the date of my first f

Littlebury Gardens in January

I’m not sure how but it’s almost the end of January! The weather has been very mild this winter and a few plants

[PHOTO GALLERY] 2015 so far

Not a lot going on in the garden right now. I’m planning, planning, planning while also revising for my RHS exams in ear

Littlebury 2014 Flower Power

2014 was my experimental year in the garden. While everything certainly wasn’t very cohesive, there were a lot of flower


Up until this year Hyacinths were a massive no no for me. Too blousy and old fashioned. But looking for things to do in the wi

Shovelling sh*t while the plants still go at it!

October is almost over, so here’s a diary of what’s been going on in Littlebury gardens to refer back to next year

It’s October and it’s still warm! Bulb planting and drain pipe trellis time

What’s going on with the weather? Although it’s dark by about 6.30pm now, it’s still sunny and very hot in t

Pests and diseases (vine weevil, slugs, snails and rust)

For every positive in the garden this summer there has been a pest or a disease to eat it. It’s been depressing.