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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Going Back to School with

Crocosmia at sunset
Crocosmia at sunset
If you're like me'll never be able to resist a plant clearance section.  The problem is that I've been at too many plant sales ...can't be helped when it's usually me putting on the reduced stickers! and over the years I've bought too many bargains.  What design there was in the back garden in relation to texture, shape and colour has become blurred. I got caught in the trap of thinking of flower colour rather than thinking about how each plant could contrast and give interest in the border even when it wasn't in flower. It didn't really bother me when when I took so many macro photographs ...but nowadays I want to 'see more of the frame' rather than just a little bit of the detail in my photos; I want to be happy with what I can see from either the lounge or the kitchen sink too.  I was going to be 'reclaiming back the design' this autumn but didn't a wonderful opportunity end up in my inbox a few weeks ago; I certainly couldn't resist this! asked me if I'd join in with one of their gardening courses in return for writing an unbiased blog about my experience. If you're interested in joining in too you've got a great opportunity as they're doing a 'Back to School' campaign offering 15% off all £145.00 4 week courses in September and October. This would be a great idea for a special birthday surprise for one of those gardeners who 'has everything' .  Visit  (affiliate link) and use the code MGSBTS at the checkout for the discount if you're interested.
Just one of the wilder forms of Crocosmia that grows in the garden
Just one of the wilder forms of Crocosmia that grows in the garden

I've written previously for +MyGardenSchool  so I'm very aware of all the great courses they offer with famous named tutors so I couldn't wait to choose.  It wasn't that easy to pick a course as so many interested me especially Clive Nichols' Flower Photography Masterclass , Perennial Planting with Nature with Michael King or RHS Gardening for wildlife, attracting birds, bees and butterflies with Andy McIndoe.  So what did I eventually choose?

Well I'm so excited as my tutor is going to be none other than Dr Noel Kingsbury and I decided to do the four week course Designing with Perennials.   I can't wait to put what I learn on this course into practice.  Psst don't tell Noel but my garden is based on a design from one of his books ... he wouldn't recognize it though as I never kept to his planting list and inevitably with all those bargain plants ... yip it's bursting at the seams!  Speaking of books ...Noel has just brought out a new ebook on Plant Selection: learning from Nature.

So fellow gardeners it's time to reclaim my borders! ...though I hope I'll find a home for Crocosmia 'Emily MacKenzie'  and a few Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau' as they've been my latest 'acquisitions'.  They are not going to be squeezed in!

I'll keep everyone up to date with my progress.

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