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Home grown Christmas decorations

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Last week the weather in London was very cold, but also dry and sunny and at this time of year the sun is so low in the sky it can be literally dazzling. Not good when your windows need cleaning but it can give some amazing effects when it shines through leaves and seed heads in the garden. I took these photos in my garden around midday, something I would never do at the height of summer, but the soft winter light was beautiful. The flowers heads of the large pampas grass which grows in our neighbours garden wave to us above the fence and this year the show is particularly good.




Next to these, are Fatsia japonica flowers growing in my own garden. There are masses of them this year, perhaps as a result of the hot summer and they look so like Christmas decorations I'm going to try and use them inside for the festive season. I am also going to gather armfuls of ivy, bay and holly which are the more traditional winter greens used for decking the halls, but I'll look for seed heads, berries and anything else which can be cut without depleting my small garden too much. I will often leave autumn pruning until now so that I can freely cut plant material to use for decorations, though I do need to be careful not get carried away or the garden next summer could look a bit bare. If you would like ideas on creating a spectacular winter garden contact me on 020 8767 1458


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My enthusiasm for talking about anything to do with gardening has led me into public speaking which I thoroughly enjoy. My style is challenging yet light hearted and my talks are illustrated with my own photography and artwork. I am regularly asked to talk to charities, gardening groups and organisations about a wide range of garden related topics.

I am also lucky enough to have co written a successful book called Planting Design Essentials which has a wealth of information for both beginners and experienced gardeners. In it I share my passion for using plants as an art form in a simple, easy to follow style and the book explains how even pruning can be creative.
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Planting Design Essentials is aimed at the frustrated gardener or designer who would like to know how to improve their planting and keep it looking good for years to come. With practical advice, clear examples, illustrations and photographs, it is an inspirational guide written by two experienced garden designers who regularly practice and teach this complex subject.