February 5, 2011

Chelsea Plants

As far as plants are concerned, the Chelsea Flower Show is a little chicken and egg – by the time you have hurdled the commissioning rounds, it is mid November, and just as you’re revving up to place plant orders, every plant countrywide has collapsed below ground for a well earned rest. But, if you want the plants you’ve specified in tip-top condition, you need […]
November 5, 2010

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned.

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned. It has been at least six months since I last blogged. I hope to atone myself, but believe me, it’s been a hell of a six months. In brief: I have designed various gardens, large and small ranging from a long large oak (yes oak) rill which strides though the client’s new jungle, under a tree-walk and house, […]
March 5, 2010

Has spring sprung for you?

Now I know its not quite spring (as Lilgreenfingers tweeted yesterday, its not officially spring until we reach the vernal equinox, this year on 20th March), but with the sun shafting through the office windows illuminating shimmering motes of dust dancing in its beams, well this girl feels like a seasonal corner has been turned. Lady Birley readying herself for some heavy pruning……   And […]
February 5, 2010

Herculean Annuals

Finally I have banished the giant stems of our long faded sunflowers from the borders, a hugely satisfying experience which went something like this. Heave out the erratically swaying monster dead plant (with banshee like wail), put a boot over the rootball, snap hollow stem away from the roots, revel in satisfying almighty crack, then chuck roots into wheelbarrow (ready for the base of the […]
February 5, 2010

Gardens are for people

It’s brilliant when a day turns out so much better than expected, and Wednesday this week was a perfect example. I hotfooted it up to the Royal Festival Hall in London for the launch of the National Garden Scheme’s 2010 yellow book. If I’m honest, I thought this would be a small affair, full of candy floss haired ladies of a certain age, knitting through […]
February 5, 2010

Head space

As a working mother it can be immensely difficult to find the time to garden for myself. The pottering of pre-children life is a thing of memory. More likely you’ll see me bounding around my garden racing to get anything done, as the baby naps and my five year old bounces on the trampoline. These hastily stolen half hour slots are governed by (usually late) […]
January 5, 2010
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Staring out of my office window at the rain

Staring out of my office window at the rain marring my view of the gorgeous Sussex countryside, I’m glad I have the wood burner to keep me warm and toasty. Ok, it might not be the best weather to be gardening in, but its perfect weather for writing this, my first blog post to accompany the launch of the new Ann-Marie Powell Gardens website. Through […]