Jan 212012
 

 

Staffordshire

Ever since I set myself the challenge of only featuring winter pots that don’t feature all the usual suspects such as ivy, skimmias, pansies, cyclamen and so on, output on this blog has dropped dramatically. So it’s just as well that I came across these winter containers at John Massey’s garden.

John isn’t a fan of pansies as they often get mildew, so he prefers to use other plants. In these pots, he’s got a few winter stalwarts such as skimmias, carex and ivy, but to them he’s added flotsam and jetsam from around the garden: seed heads of grasses and perennials, leaves, berries and pine cones. It’s a technique that florists use all the time, and one I’m definitely going to adopt.

Jan 182012
 

Ashwood Nurseries, Staffs

I loved these giant teasel heads in John Massey’s garden. They’re made of galvanised steel and were made by Neil Lossock at the Dragons Wood Forge in Herefordshire. He also made the gate below. Neil will be at the top of my list of people to call when I finally get a garden and simultaneously win the lottery.