Swimming with the fishes

Swimming with the fishes

As I mentioned last month, for the time being I have decided to use my low-level trough planter for flowers, rather than the mini pond I had originally intended it for. Still, at some point in the future I would like a garden with a water feature. A natural swimming...
British Asian Gardens

British Asian Gardens

I don’t generally watch Gardeners’ World these days, but two weeks ago they broadcast a special edition (episode 20 in this year’s series) as part of the BBC’s Big British Asian Summer, exploring South Asian influences on British gardens. Monty...
SOS: Save Our Saffron

SOS: Save Our Saffron

On Wednesday, I went out and bought some peat-free compost and bark chips, and replanted the perennials bed. This isn’t that story. This story starts a few days earlier, when I was unplanting the perennials bed, taking out the unruly and unproductive occupants...
The Lotus Effect

The Lotus Effect

The lotus is a remarkable plant. I’m referring to Nelumbo nucifera, which is native to Asia and sacred to both buddhists and Hindus. (It’s related to the American lotus, N. lutea, but not to the lotus that appears in ancient Egyptian images – that’s Nymphaea...