Foxglove tree

The Foxglove Tree, or Paulownia tormentosa, is one of the best flowering trees out there.
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The walled garden at The Pig

The food at The Pig Hotel in the New Forest comes from its own walled kitchen garden. We've seen some stunning walled gardens in our time at F&F, but few are put to as good a use as this walled kitchen...

Judas Tree

It's nearly Easter, and just in time, the Judas Tree, or Cercis siliquastrum, flowers.

It’s rhubarb time

Finally, the rhubarb is ready. Look at its lovely thick red stems, fading to green at the ends. Oh, I loved sniffing the bag of stalks that I carried back from the allotment, thinking about the compote that I...

Pheasant’s Eye daffodils

Whoever did have my allotment before me was very considerate of my needs. Not only did they fail to garden the plot, so that it looked all crisp and ready when I took it over, but the only thing they did...

Handkerchief Tree

Davidia involucrata really does look as though it's covered in hankies.

Dream garden: the first plants arrive

We haven't yet moved into our dream garden, but with the move just a few weeks away, I'm trying to assemble as many plants ready to get the garden going as quickly as possible. Plant Me Now have very kindly...

Blooming lovely: F&F works with White Stuff

How exciting is this? We've partnered with White Stuff for their latest magalogue, Blooming Lovely, to create an exclusive botanical cocktail for them. And here it is: Here's the recipe: And you...
nettle soup

Nettle soup

Cook common garden stinging nettles in a delicious and very healthy soup.

Galeux d’eysines squash

Galeux d'eysines is a strange, tasty, warty squash. 'Ugh!' exclaimed my partner on seeing this squash for the first time. 'That's just too much!' He wasn't saying that when he ate the soft, sweet flesh of...


Dicentra, or bleeding heart, is stunning up close and good in groups. I love the dicentra on my balcony, but I'll love it even more when it's en masse in the woodlandish bit at the back of my new garden....

Rhododendron palaces

The rhododendrons are just coming into bloom. Personally, I don't much like these shrubs unless they're huge and en masse, which rules out most gardens. When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to live in a...