Littlebury Road through 2020

This year is a difficult one for all of us in many unexpected ways, through it…

Late summer in the city

I really like to feel the seasons, feel them with all my senses. That’s why our…

How to make an Aeonium arboreum branch (part three)

I’ve been asked a lot over the last couple of years for an update on my…

How to grow annual Persicaria orientalis from seed

One of the Persicaria we’re not judging on the RHS Persicaria Trial Forum is Persicaria orientalis…

Pot’s Growing On in February? Peat free propagation, houseplant beautification and winter division

Over the last few weeks I’ve been gradually getting ready for spring one little task at…

Littlebury garden redesign (part one) – Goodbye pots! Goodbye paving!

I’ve been thinking of making changes to our garden for a couple of years. The number…

A mix of feelings

I’m sitting in the garden as I type and right now I’m looking at a hover…

Pot’s Growing On: road to our open garden

This month has been a whirlwind of finishing various garden designs, writing and planting up the…

Different ways to grow from seed

I don’t know how it’s happened but I seem to have used up all of my…

Pot’s Growing On? Planting sweetpeas, caring for permanent containers, ferns and dahlias are go

I’ve finally spent a good afternoon in our garden after being super busy with other people’s…

Pot’s Growing On: snowdrops and the great grass migration

February 2019 has shaped up to be beautiful weather wise with warm days of sunshine bringing…

How our long border has evolved over time

I’ve been looking back over my old photos while planning our garden for the coming year…

Rearrange: the benefit of a patio of pots!

I’ve come over all Mary Poppins this weekend and not just because gusts of wind keep…

Pot’s Growing On in November? Hedging my bets

I’ve been thinking for a while that something is up with our small garden and these…

Can you ever have too many plants?

Gardeners are all dreamers, I’m sure of it. We look, we imagine and somehow we become…

Pot’s Growing On: addicted to crazy leaves

Hello loyal reader! (Ignore if first visit or you plan on never returning). In the run…

Pot’s Growing On: creating space, sunflower for foliage and ornamental aubergine

Stepping out into our garden one morning this week was different. Not least because we had…

How to grow Monarda didyma

Monarda didyma ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ can be seen flowering in our garden in the above photo (2015)…

How to make a micro wildlife pond in a pot

When we open our garden for charity on the National Garden Scheme one thing people always…

10 no nonsense tips to jazz up your small city garden this summer

Ah, waking up to summer in the city. The sound of sirens and drunk people ringing…

Pot’s Growing On in May: self-seeding, hardy outdoor cactus and propagating tricky seeds

If I did nothing to our garden this year it would become an Echium, Allium, Ricinus,…

50 Dahlia photos from my garden and allotment

As you may have heard, I love Dahlias (see more Dahlia posts here), they rock my…

My garden, my lifeblood

I’ve just stepped back inside from the first quiet couple of hours in our garden this…

Pot’s Growing On: white flowers, propagation and sempervivum

It’s finally spring proper and our garden is growing again in the most spectacular way. The…

Pot’s growing on in March: spring bulbs start turning up to the party

My biggest delight so far this month is the success of our perennial spring bulbs. Given…

Oh Beehave!

I was pottering around outside today in our little urban garden and while watering the ferns…

Houseplant trends: the bigger the better

Over the last few years we’ve seen an explosion of interest in houseplants, largely driven by…

Mossy Rock (part two)

I know what you’re thinking moss fans, will he shut up about that bloomin rock what’s…

Fleeting flowers

The joy of the snowdrop, cherry blossom and tulip. The fritillary and daffodil, the allium and…

Pot’s growing on in February: Hellebores, Snowdrops and vigorous perennials forcing changes

It’s been three years since we set up our garden. For the first time a large…

Spring is in the air in London

In the air but importantly, not quite here. Yet on mild sunny days the signs of…

Pot’s growing on in January: Planning for summer, sowing sweet peas, Eucalyptus gall wasp and houseplant love

After an incredibly busy end to 2017 when all thought of our garden went up the…

Mossy Rock (part one)

Some strange ideas run through my mind and I admit this is among the strangest. Last…

Add some zing this summer with the unnatural flowers of Zinnias

Zinnias are odd. Almost unlike any flower I’ve come across before, they just do not look…

2 Littlebury Road: a year in photos

I could write an entire book about our little inner city garden flat in Clapham. Instead,…

How long do you spend planning your garden?

So here’s a question: throughout the year, how much time do you spend planning and thinking…

Gardening jobs to do in October: harvesting, bulb planting, propagation by dividing, cutting and sowing

If like me, you may have been coasting along on a post-summer ‘put your feet up’.…

My 6 easy care comfort house plants you thought were boring but are in fact fabulous!

Forget the fancy house plants you keep spotting on Instagram. You know the ones, stylish Pilea,…

Our first NGS open day: a weather miracle, cake and allotment cut flowers

Opening our garden to the public to raise money for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) was…

Our NGS open day, this Sunday 1 – 5pm!

A quick reminder that we are opening our garden and flat, 2 Littlebury Road in Clapham,…

Pot’s Growing On? High summer in Clapham

Sorry for the lack of updates about our garden recently, I’ve been so busy opening my…

Pot’s Growing On in May: getting ready for a show-stopping summer!

May? Mayhem more like. So much is going on this month I feel like Dorothy whizzing…

Pot’s Growing On: winners and losers

I didn’t think there would be anything more nerve-wracking than having Monty Don coming around to…

Release the stress, embrace the mess

I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure recently for our garden to look good. In photos, in…

Pot’s Growing On: Waking from hibernation

Our garden is into its fourth year now and I’m continuing to play around with things, add…

Happy New Year from Littlebury Road

The short period in between Christmas and New Year is something to be treasured. All of London…

44 Future gardening moments of 2016

Future gardening is the phrase I use to describe my personal take on the world. Be forward…

December: Hellebores, cat grass, sweet peas, ferns and shooting alliums

It’s almost Christmas so I’m crazy busy wrapping up work, getting ready for the family arriving…

Why I’ve fallen for cut flowers

I used to be a foliage boy. I’ve changed (well, a bit). In the past I saw…

Accelerating succulent and cacti growth

One thing I remember from my childhood greenhouse and large cactus collection was how heavily I…