Having fun with shade and sun

Down the side of our Victorian maisonette is a narrow alley way. It’s where I started…

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…

Longing for Littlebury

It is a year since we overhauled our garden – after two years of experimenting –…

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…

Summer highlights in our garden

Our experimental garden is now in its third year with lots to fix but standing back…

We’re back in business

So much happens in May, you blink and you miss it. When you open your eyes…

Tulips – worth the bother?

This year I planted over 100 tulips. I love tulips. However, while they last for a…

Tulips, planting out tomatoes early and seedlings

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

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…

The Future Jungle

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

March 2016: Allotment woe to propagation pro

March has to be up there in my top three favourite months of the year. Yes…

Getting to grips with grasses

In 2016 I want to get to grips with ornamental grasses. In particular, using them in mixed…

Fernatic: 50 fern species, 1 living wall!

Why we created a diverse 50 species collection of ferns on one modern living wall and how…

Big Dreams, Small Spaces

In 2015 we took part in series two of the BBC’s Big Dreams, Small Spaces presented…

Dahlia experiment: cultivars put to the test!

In late 2013 I discovered Dahlias. As unbelievable as that might sound to gardeners who have grown…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Big Dreams, Small Spaces: The Plan

This page summarises the ‘what’ and ‘why’ behind the dream for our Victorian London botanist inspired, overgrown neon jungle of…

November

MASSIVE tidy up this weekend! The building work is almost finished and for the first time…

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…

Pot’s Growing On: cuttings to overwinter

Today I took softwood cuttings of a few plants in order to overwinter them more easily…

Planting Galanthus nivalis bulbs (Snowdrops)

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

Planning the winter/spring white garden

Last year I attempted a ‘spring white garden’. Bit of a disaster. I was aiming for white…

Whoops, bought two mini succulents

Uh oh, what’s going on here? Two little succulents seem to have popped into my bag…

Vine weevil menace returns to Clapham!

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

Where did August go?!

Sorry for a lack of updates about our garden recently, I’ll have stuff to share later…

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

April 2015, what a month! Practically no rain and hot all month, then the weather turned…

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

I’m on a mission to grow as many different species and varieties of plants as possible…

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…

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…

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…

Big Dreams, Small Spaces: Victorian inspiration

Driven by a renewed love of plants and a brain being filled with RHS knowledge, in…

Dividing a Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ plant)

I’ve had a Zamioculcas zamiifolia for some years now. In the last year, I found the…

Sowing seeds, planting clematis and pruning

Today Rumbles was doing cartwheels in the garden trying to catch a fly – the most…

February: exams done, seed sowing starts!

9th of February is a date I’ve had engrained in my mind for the last five…

Littlebury Gardens in January

I’m not sure how but it’s almost the end of January! The weather has been very…

[PHOTO GALLERY] 2015 so far

Not a lot going on in the garden right now. I’m planning, planning, planning while also…

Littlebury 2014 Flower Power

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

Hyacinths

Up until this year Hyacinths were a massive no no for me. Too blousy and old…

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…

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…

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…