I love the colours that start in April and run through to early June as the purples, blues and yellows are some of the most generous of the year. With the Irises taking over from the Alliums, this is the time when you aren’t battling the lack of water but just get to enjoy the abundance.
Gardening is surely an ideal profession for the woman who likes it. The work is not so heavy as to put too great a strain on her physical capacity; and in the more expert branches the possibilities and range of interest is really unlimited
My abiding principle is to to make sure my clients feel that their gardens are their gardens and I am just here to do the jobs they need and want doing. When they start apologising for putting compost in the wrong bit, it’s time to readjust!
My father used to say there was no such thing as can’t so I do try to say yes to everything, but at a push I would say that two feet on the ground is generally better for all and I do have specialists I can call on to do the other stuff. For instance an amazing chap who does hedges and fencing, and a mower chap who takes great pride in his work
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust