A blossom in winter is worth hundreds in spring.
Our design philosophy can be summarized like this:
Make the most of a site’s features
Integrate the structures and the garden
Have themes that tie the areas together into one garden
Change evolutionarily rather than with grand landscape designs
Another guiding principle is to garden within your own personal budget of time and money. Much of gardening is maintenance, and regular maintenance determines whether the garden survives or not.
I find amaranth to be an acquired taste. Fortunately, I have acquired it.
Pink lavender is like white chocolate, perfectly nice but somehow not perfectly right.
Fresh peas, shovelled from the pod straight into your mouth, are a rolling green absolute. You measure other pleasures by it.
As far as pests and diseases go, summer is obviously a time when these can be at their most destructive, for the simple reason that there is most for them to destroy and for problems to feed upon.
Organic gardening is not a war waged against nature. Any garden imposes a superabundance of growth on a piece of land and the rest of the natural world responds very quickly to this.…As ever, the best defence from attack is from the plants themselves, not the gardener. Our job is to maximize the potential for each plant in each given situation.
Summer enters into the vegetable garden through a back door. May is so much the archetypal month of spring that as it ends and June takes over you suddenly realize that summer has come along with it.
I firmly believe that every plant must earn its keep in the context of the garden rather than just as a specimen. This means that the real skill and pleasure of growing plants is not judged by the success of them as individual performers but their relationship to one another, the season, and the whole range of factors, such as soil, aspect, climate, and structure.