• A few highlights from 2012

    1st January 2013Stephanie's BlogStephanie Donaldson

    Hopefully 2012 was a good year for you. Here’s a look back at some of our favourite posts from the last 12 months.

    Earlier in the year it was fascinating to see Great Dixter out of season – just look at the bare of foliage and precise pruning of this fig. As the season came to life there were some extra special plants :

    beautiful blue delphiniums against a grey sky

    Those delectable delphiniums at Wisley.  The frothing Anthriscus in Nogel Dunnet’s garden at the Chelsea Flower Show :

    cherry tree bark

    and the laugh out loud moments :


    This toilet was given a makeover at Chelsea. It wasn’t just the show’s that provided inspiration though. This buried treasure was a treat.

    garden created from ruins

    These lovely sunken gardens are a consequence of exploratory digs that have uncovered the remains of the previous cellars.

    small house made from logs suitable for a hobbit

    More recently one of the most popular posts was this Hobbitable Home, perhaps because we’re a nation of home owners. You can probably guess the main highlight of the year, I dare say that a few of you would agree. It has to be :

    The Olympics. Everything about it was fantastic and that includes the planting. What a fantastic year.  Here’s to 2013.