Enjoy a Traditional Autumn Daisy in May with Alpine Asters

I’ve gotta say, I love alpine asters. When you think of asters, your mind probably leaps forward to late summer and autumn borders filled with those bluish, purple and pink daisy flowers. They’re a great late-season plant, though mine have always tended to get mildew. HOWEVER, if you want to enjoy t…

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Carnivorous Plants | Gorgeous Sarracenia Flowers

 
I’ve always loved carnivorous plants, but I never expected to see these stunning sarracenia flowers. When I was a boy, I remember keeping a couple of venus fly traps. I poked and prodded and killed the poor things eventually. I mean, there’s only so many times a plant can tolerate a rough ch…

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The Joy of Geraniums

Perennial geraniums are a fabulous plant. I mentioned ‘perennial’ because the misnomer that pelagoniums are geraniums continues, led by garden centres and nurseries around the country. In fact, both of these plants are perennial. Pelagoniums, though not frost hardy, will quite happily develop into a…

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A 'Blooming' Good Reason for Growing Houseleeks

Succulents have, by and large, passed me by for most of my green-fingered life. It was only when I began planning my wedding and looking at more masculine table settings and bouquets, that I began to realise just how wonderful Sempervivum (houseleeks) are. Until then I knew them only for nostalgic r…

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Making a Case for Violas

There’s no love lost between Pansies and I. I’m not really a big fan of gaudy flowers, and I’m afraid I normally put pansies in this category. Add the fact there’s a vast amount of deadheading to do throughout the season, not to mention these plants tend to be short-lived and get very straggly, and …

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Plant Pick - Growing Hollyhocks

I’m the first to admit I’m not a fan of short-lived plants. I like to plop a plant in and leave it, allowing its perennial nature to keep it growing year after year. All this annual and biennial sowing nonsense; no, I can’t be doing with that. Aside from a few plants, however. And one of these is th…

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Plant Pick - Growing Dahlias

‘Tis very much the season for dahlias. I’m a huge fan of these blooms, though I admit, I have a slight love/hate relationship. There are a vast array of varieties in the dahlia collection, from sinewy, single-petalled bloomers to small, clump forming plants with huge, gaudy flowers. It’s the latter …

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Plant Pick - Growing Tulips

If you hadn’t heard, it’s September already. That means it’s time to plant bulbs for a spring show in 2015. And, if you’re stocking up, then it’s definitely time to be thinking about tulips.

I often think that tulips are one of the more overlooked bulbs. We all fill our gardens with daffs, crocus…

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Plant Pick - Growing Osteospermum (Cape Daisy)

I always feel as if some plants are vastly overlooked for tropical looking species and varieties that are new on the scene. Osteospermum (African Daisy), for example, seems to have a new colour shade coming out every years. However, I still have an extremely strong affection for Osteospermum jucundu…

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Plant Pick - Growing Sedum (Herbsfreude)

Okay, hear me out; Yes, Sedum Herbstfreude is an extremely common plant that may seem rather dull to you. BUT, I feel this plant is often overlooked. It has a huge number of positives; it’s wildlife friendly, it’s easy to grow, it has fantastic cover during late summer/early autumn AND it provides s…

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On My Oasis – Ready, Steady Film

You may have noticed over the past few weeks that I’ve posted videos here instead of the rambling written posts. Why? Because I’m moving more into video stream via my Brimwood Farm YouTube channel (see that red button on the right of your screen? Click it and subscribe). 

But why am I moving into video?

Well, it’s far easier to show updates on the garden, plants, chickens… Continue reading

On My Oasis – A Week of Calm

I don’t know why because, man, if there’s one season that’s busy it’s autumn, but the past week has been relatively calm. I suppose this time of year signals a change in growth patterns; in fact, most things are slowing or dying off. And so the garden takes on this gentile approach instead of the full-throttle approach of spring and summer.

There’s time to enjoy deadheading without the need to… Continue reading

On My Oasis – Hello Autumn

Okay, it seems now that autumn really has arrived with glistening dew, crisp mornings and a weakening sunshine that’s still got just enough strength to allow me to wear shorts. Alas, having to shut the chicken coop up before 7pm is getting a little depressing though – I’ll be happy when the hour change arrives and the poultry get a little more outside action.

In the garden, there’s still … Continue reading

On My Oasis – New Plants

You’ll have heard me say this time and time again; I’m a plant hoarder. I just love pretty things. Fluffy flowers. Leaves that are a tapestry of veins. Tiny plants, squat plants, giant, towering, soaring plants. Buy them, plant them, squish them in wherever there’s a space. I’ve long given up trying to achieve that ‘designed’ look with a small palette of both colour and planting. I try to… Continue reading

How to Prune Lavender

If you’re anything like me, especially if you’re only starting out, you’re a little cautious when it comes to pruning. I mean, you don’t want to chop too much off in case you kill your beloved plant. So, when it comes to lavender plants, it’s worthwhile following the guidelines. However, I quickly realised that my careful snipping meant plants were gradually getting larger, leggier and woodier in the core.… Continue reading

On My Oasis – Winter Planning

I know it’s only September, but I’m already thinking about winter. At this time of the year, the weather turns rather turbulent; it can be hot and humid one day and then – BAM – the next morning it’s grey drizzle as far as the horizon. It’s also a time when I find it hard to hold off the urge to cut back. There’s something rather satisfying about clearing out… Continue reading

How to Take Buddleia Cuttings

I’m a huge fan of propagation; there’s not many hobbies where you can cut up your collection and they’ll grow into brand new, shiny things. I mean, c’mon! Cool!

On the farm I have a plan of creating a buddleia (butterfly bush) grove. It means you’ll be able to walk through this little collection of shrubs covered in white flowers and butterflies, and then emerge into the wildflower field.… Continue reading

Boxtree Caterpillar – Is This the End for Traditional Box Topiary?

Box topiary has a special place in the hearts of many gardeners. It’s been used to create elaborate landscapes for centuries. For many modern gardeners, there’s something exciting and alluring about having some closely clipped box topiary in the garden, whether it’s a couple of standard spirals to frame the front door, a low box hedge or even an intricate knot garden. A few years ago we all began battling… Continue reading

On My Oasis – Olives and September Heat

Hot, ain’t it?! And apparently tomorrow could be the hottest September day for over five decades. Blimey. Though I’m sitting here in shorts, vest and still sweating, I’m rather glad of the heat. You see, as my post last week eluded too in a non-subtle way, the growing year in 2016 has been a bit crap. So, though the days may be getting shorter, the sun might just extend… Continue reading

Interview With Garden Life

Earlier this week I talked to Garden Life about my gardening roots, working with small spaces and home-grown sustainability, both with veggies and chickens. It’s amazing how you can just take all your gardening for granted, and it’s not until someone asks questions that you begin to realise just how much you’re doing!

Check out the interview here -> Chatting With the Guide to Gay Gardening

Have a great weekend,… Continue reading

Sowing Hardy Annuals – Larkspur and Cornflower

I have to admit; this year’s been a bit of a bust regarding the cutting down. I severely underestimated the state of the soil in this new garden, and probably forgot just how much material I added to my old one. I was there for 10 years after all; over that time I must’ve added LOTS of compost.

So, in a bid to improve the cutting garden for 2017, I’m… Continue reading

Wildflower Meadows – A Maturing Field

If you’ve been following any of the progress at Brimwood Farm, you’ll know that last spring I conducted a crowdfunding project to pay for seed to sow a wildflower meadow. Now in it’s second autumn, the field is beginning to mature. And, rather wonderfully, it’s doing it’s intended job in attracting a large amount of wildlife.

With 40 acres of land to one day turn into a… Continue reading

On My Oasis – Late to the Party

Why is it that my garden is always late to the party? I’m watching Gardners’ World (the new one hour revamped version) and Monty says a horrific word – September. How did we get there?! As you might’ve read MUCH earlier on in the year, I was attempting to set up a market garden this year. Well, the results have been somewhat dismal; mostly because my plants seem… Continue reading

How to Look After Strawberries

Strawberries are awesome plants; they’re simple to grow, fruit easily and propagate with little effort. The hardest part is probably keeping pests like slug and snails away from those yummy berries! If you want to maximise your crop, you need to do a little work at the end of the fruiting season. Older plants may need throwing out, debris needs to be cut and tidied away and the runners can… Continue reading

On My Oasis – A Taste of Autumn

Yes, I dared to say it, that hideous word – autumn. In fact, I like autumn. Whenever I’m asked about my favourite season I have difficulty choosing. I think it’s because I’m a fan of the changing season, the start of something new, rather than one particular set of months. Now, as August rolls towards September, there’s a little dew in the mornings even if it hasn’t rained. The… Continue reading



Hi,

I'm Geoff, and I'm a plant hoarder.

Like magpies collect bright shiny things, I can't resist plants. An exquisite flower, soft ferny foliage or a beautiful majestic tree - I love them all!

Here, I'll indulge in all things flora and share my passion. Join me as I develop my garden and hoard more plants without apology.