The perfect lawn… for bees

here is a lawn – a lawn for humans and for wildlife. Just because it’s not just green – is it less of a lawn? It’s more of a lawn because it feeds bees and other insects. Encourage those insects and you have less issues with pests in your garden, as the garden is in balance with nature. How to achieve it? Set the lawn mower to the right height when cutting the grass. Easy and in my eye – beautiful.

whatever your garden issue

Whatever your garden issue is, Konia is the answer. She designed our garden from scratch, dealing with difficult leveling out and drainage issues and making the most of what was already there.  She has flair and imagination when designing, and plans for how you will get the most fun and the last drop of sunshine out of your garden. Her ideas range from the outrageous to the practical, but she will always listen to what you want – there is never any pressure. Then comes choosing plants. Her plant knowledge is fantastic – she will know exactly what to suggest for your particular garden. Everything I have chosen with Konia’s guidance has flourished, because she puts the right plant in the right place for your soil, climate and wildlife issues (rabbits!). And such beautiful and unusual plants too. Konia has also overseen the transformation either doing work herself or finding people to come and do it, and everything has been done to the highest standard so that it looks fantastic.  She is great to work with, gets things done, is really good value, and you will be so glad you got her involved. 
Mary, Easter Kinkell.

Taking time out

Taking time out – even or maybe especially in the busy spring time is really important. We do, in the end, create gardens for ourselves, so we should sit down and enjoy them too – not just weed and dig and prune – though that’s obviously important too!

Do you have enough seating in your garden? Having different perches in different parts of the garden (sunny / shady / secluded / with views / near the house) is important for your time out.

Do you have a water feature? Water is important for wildlife – and magical for ourselves.

If you have a pond – do you have access to it? There is nothing (in my book) like being close to the wildlife in your pond -maybe taking all the time a frog takes to watch a particular fly, stare at it some more and for a bit longer and then SNAP it up, shut it’s eyes for a second and then lick it’s ‘lips’ and swallow. The privilege to be close to wildlife is really life enhancing.

The frogs are here!

Every year I start of with the best intentions of keeping a garden diary. I note when the first frogs arrive for spawning and also which vegetables I am growing in which bed (makes it easier for crop rotation). But then it all falls by the wayside – as work and my own garden keep me from writing said diary.

Fortunately I do note the arrival of the frogs – and they are bang on time (if there is ‘frog time’) this year!

Some years they show up briefly and then come back around now to spawn properly. Last year they showed themselves on March 22 (like this year) and then disappeared until it got warmer in April and had a second spawning. This year they seem to assume that this is it – it won’t get too cold for the tadpoles.

I do hope that they are right about that!

Enjoy spring!!!

a bit different

The colour splash of crocus flowers at this time of the year is a real joy – but as always you can add a wee twist – literally if you have a look at the pictures!

Here’s a crocus spiral (with a Leucojum in the centre). Unfortunately the border grew since creating it, but it’s still quite nice.

last year and this year

last year at this time we were battling with the ‘Beast from the East’ and very cold weather. This year – in the eastern Highlands (!) we’ve got 15 C during the day (4 C at night)!!!

I hope the plants and animals are not going to be too much in shock when we get more frosts.. Hopefully the nighttime temperatures are a warning to them!

But – let’s just enjoy it! 


(pictures: Hellebores & Corydalis)

Signs of SPRING

It certainly feels springy out there – it’s 12 C in February!

The birds are quite chirpy and there are FLOWERS in bloom!

Snowdrops (common or otherwise) always lift your heart.

My Hamamelis has been flowering for weeks – it’s also faintly scented.

Winter aconites are a good source of food for bees and cheery with their yellow flowers.

Hellebores come in a variety of colours – here a white one and a purple one about to open up.

I just hope that the animals and plants don’t get too much of a shock when we get the next frost.