Posts Tagged ‘flower’

Less is Moor when it comes to designing modern gardens
Sep
8

While we think of modern garden design as being a relatively recent development the modern┬áprinciples of contemporary garden design; ┬ásimplicity, minimalism, geometry, water, structural planting and conservation can be traced back over a 1000 years, to the deserts of North Africa and the early gardens of southern Spain. To the Moors of North Africa, water was their most precious commodity and they were experts at designing ingenious ways in which to capture, store and irrigate their crops with it. Converted to Islam, they combined their engineering ingenuity with the style and spiritual practices of the… Read More »

Birds, bees and butterflies
Aug
16

At this time of year gardens should be havens for wildlife; they should be full of movement, alive with butterflies, moths and hoverflies, travelling from flower to flower, and with bees picking up pollen and nectar to take back to their hive. As the insects move from flower to flower, they pollinate other plants, including vegetables; squash and courgettes, fruits; apples and plums, and cherries, enabling these plants set seed or bear fruit. There are also other benefits to having insects around; hoverfly larvae hoover up aphids, in turn swooping Swifts, House Martins and bats… Read More »