Job of the week- Pruning Buddleja 

My job of the week this week is back to the job I love most pruning, there is nothing much nicer pruning and shaping a plant knowing that it will look good and encourage better plants for it. Pruning buddlejas is a pretty simple job, all you need is a pair of really sharp secateurs,…

Plant of the week- Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ 

As a young boy growing up in the grounds of Mottisfont Abbey Gardens, I would always look forward to the start of spring, picking daffodils and pussy willows for my mums Mother’s Day bouquet and also the start of the few magnolias that grow in the garden, there was only a few but they were…

Product review- Men’s Genus Trousers 

Trousers, we all wear them for most of the time, well ok there’s a couple of months when sometimes the sun and the warmth gets enough for the ‘legs’ to come up, much to the public horror and outcry. So for the rest of the year I have to wear long trousers, for me as…

Plant of the week- Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ 

Spring wouldn’t be spring without the intoxicating scent of Daphnes wafting though the garden, spreading its perfume far and wide from the small but very prolific flowers. Although at home in our gardens, it’s not the natural home for this plant, it was grown from a seedling of ‘Gurkha’. Gurkha was collected by Major Tom…

Job of the week-dividing mat forming perennials 

One of my favourite jobs is my Job of the week this week, making more plants from the plants we already have in the garden. This job is ideal to carry out now, the ground is warming up and is nice and moist. The soil being like this will help the plants settle in again…

Plant of the week- Edgeworthia chrysantha 

If there’s one one that’s benefited from the upsurge of interest in winter gardens, it is Edgeworthia. It’s a plant that’s always been out but never really has ever hit the lime light like it’s richly deserved. Edgeworthia is a small group of plants of 4 speices, closely related to Daphnes. They are mainly a…

Madder than a March hare 

Well that describes Februaries weather to a T, a month of complete oppersites, a pretty cold spell followed by the warmest February day on record, then in steps storm Doris, flicking her windy locks though the trees, homes and gardens. March is the moth that’s supposed to come in like a loin and out with…

Plant of the week- Salix chaenomeloides ‘Mt Aso’

The pussy willows always remind me of the spring and more importantly Mother’s Day. As a young boy, I would walk around the gardens at Mottisfont Abbey Gardens, looking for flowers for a homemade Mother’s Day bouquet for my mum. Of course, with Mother’s Day in late March, it ended up being a bunch of…

So What am I?

The one thing I have biggest problem within my line of work is what to call myself when others ask me what I do, I can and haven’t found a job title or word that sums up what I do as a profession. After reading a thread on twitter, I realised I am not alone…