Gabriel Ash Blog

Fruit And Its Feathered Foes

One morning last week I was standing at the patio doors, surveying the garden with my morning cup of tea. I was amused to watch a male blackbird trying to figure out how he could eat my ripe balloonberries (Rubus illecebrosus).

by Emma Cooper in Gardening - 27 July 2015


Delightful Dahlias

Many commercial growers are noted for a ‘signature’ plant. For my local nurseries it’s Salvia at Special Plants, and the National Collection of foxgloves at The Botanic Nursery. I fully expected my gardening friends to say it’s clematis for me, so I was quite surprised when they said dahlias instead.

by Michelle Chapman in Gardening - 23 July 2015


Midsummer

The summer solstice has always been a significant point in the calendar - the point where the days gradually start to get shorter and we move towards winter once more. Or, as my dad would say, ‘It’s all downhill from here’. I can’t imagine where I get my pessimistic gene from. 

by Louise Curley in Gardening - 8 July 2015


Carry On Sowing

It’s one of the biggest myths in the gardening world that there’s a spring 'sowing season'. Yes, there are plenty of plants (particularly for the veg patch) that we sow in spring – it’s a busy time in the garden. But, equally, there are plenty that aren’t sown in spring. A spring sowing of tomatoes would be considered late – keen gardeners start theirs off in the new year.

by Emma Cooper in Gardening - 30 June 2015


Greening My Garden

One garden which has stayed with me since I’ve come home from Chelsea Flower Show is the one Sean Murray produced as the winner of TV’s recent Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. His brief was to design a garden illustrating some of the key points in the RHS’s latest campaign, Greening Grey Britain. One garden which has stayed with me since I’ve come home from Chelsea Flower Show is the one Sean Murray produced as the winner of TV’s recent Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. His brief was to design a garden illustrating some of the key points in the RHS’s latest campaign, Greening Grey Britain.

by Michelle Chapman in Gardening - 16 June 2015