I am still lost in the minutiae and I’m appreciating the tiny details in our plant world, it is almost impossible not to create beautiful gardens when the props we are given to work with are so delightful. However bad design, poor choice of materials and careless execution are the problems with unattractive outdoor spaces, but that is a vast topic to ramble on about which I undoubtedly will at some point, but for now I’ll stick with the little things.

March 20th, the first day of spring, if only it were a little more spring like. However this brings the hope of warmer days and all the beautiful plants waking up. It is always uplifting to see those bright green tips poking through the earth and how a pinch of tiny annual seeds can burst forth with a riot of colour. This is the joy of annuals and perennials, they give you something to look forward to and make you wait a while for all they have to offer. En masse flowers are a sight to behold, but get in a bit closer to appreciate them as individuals.

This Echinacea is a prime specimen, with more than its fair share of design detail. Shape, pattern, texture and colour, it has it all and is an example of how to create a statement but with taste and elegance.