• #wreathgoals2017

    Have you joined the campaign yet? No? What’s stopping you? I’m a recent convert and have found myself being positively evangelical about #wreathgoals2017. It’s a campaign that’s being championed by Alice Calcasola van der List, the Dutch floral designer who founded All In One Season in Letchworth. The campaign is gaining momentum, and Alice is on […]

  • Scents and seasonality

    As seasonal as rhubarb in February, as natural as a tangle of freshly-picked pea shoots, Gillyflower specialises in home-grown blooms.

  • Hope springs. The best places to see snowdrops

    Snowdrops spark hope. The mere sight of them can make the spirits soar. Here are the best places to see snowdrops in the county, and for those of you who don’t mind crossing borders, I’ve included Cambridgeshire and Essex and even – fasten your seatbelts – Suffolk. Get out and enjoy them while they’re here. […]

  • A Man About the Garden: Joe Swift at Hertford Theatre

    Love a bit of Gardners’ World on the telly? GQT on the radio? Have to admit, gardening shows are a bit of a guilty pleasure here at Muddy Towers — although my predilection for gardening is more about voyeurism than actual doing of things. I like admiring other people’s perfect plots — and, occasionally, watching Mr C while he’s doing a spot of weeding. (You’ve missed one, my muddy love…)

  • Getting Muddy in your Autumn garden

    The garden at Muddy Herts HQ is a bit of a mish-mash, if I’m honest. We’ve worked hard on the front garden this summer – but there’s still loads to do, not least of which is wrestling with the whomping wisteria before it invades the loft. And the back is an intoxicating cocktail of veg patch, compost heap, slugs, trampoline, football goal and what we optimistically refer to as ‘the lawn’…

  • How’s your garden looking…?

    All this Spring-has-sprung sunshine can only mean one thing in our house: it’s time to send Mr C out into the garden with a list of jobs. And in my role as, er, ‘supervisor,’ I thought I’d check in with a couple of experts to see how he… I mean, *we* can get our garden into tip-top shape….

  • Wouldn’t You Though?

    The most ridiculous but brilliant invention ever, this ‘Gold Digger’ garden hose by is ‘for glamorous people with dirty nails’.

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