RHS : Dates 2018.

 Cardiff RHS 

13–15 April


10–13 May


6–10 June

Hampton court

2–8th July.


18-22 july

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My week: trust me I am a designer!

I cannot express my satisfaction with events this week.

At my Pilates class was more about the bulbs coming up — than fitness.

I am getting excited at meeting old friends at Palmstead workshop next wednesday.

I have started a new gardening journal,complete with pictures.

Lastly, yesterday I went past a care garden that I was involved with last year.

The clients became very difficult when I explained that such gardens would be subject to

Local Authority control as regards Health and Safety standards.

They did not agree to this and I had to withdraw.

It seems as if the garden was never built.

At least the clients have not been subjected to risks.

We are trained in what we do and it is better to listen to what we have to say.

This saves time and energy.

Carry on thinking of what you will do with gardening this year.


New year: New beginnings.



There is plenty to get excited about.

I have looked up the gardens I want to visit this year.

Top of the list is East Rush ton garden, Norfolk.

Perhaps to visit the snowdrop event.

I also want to go to Monks Wood, Sussex.

Nearby  is Haddon Hall, Derbyshire.

for Flower Shows I am hoping to go to go to Belvoir in July.

In a couple of weeks Palmstead will be holding their annual workshop.

The bulbs I planted indoors are at their best now.

Outside tips of the daffodils and tulips have made an appearance.

Hellebores are coming up.

There is a lot to cheer us up.

We just need to be willing to look for things .




Happy New Year.

During the relatively quite period between Christmas and New year I have given some thought to the year ahead.

Here are my ideas:

1)Develop art techniques.

The cold weather gave me a chance to due some pastile work with plant pictures.

2) Plan garden Visits– Norfolk comes high on the list.

So does the new Flower Show at Belvoir in July.

3) Palmstead starts a new regime with their workshop in January.

The topic is Vertical Planting / podium decking.

4) Anne Smith Designs will be 13 years old in 2018.

5) Indoor bulbs  listen up my house. I am so glad that I managed to do this amidst the many other activities.

If you are planning 2018 and gardening I hope that I have given you some ideas.

Good Luck!



I never follow what critics say!

Travelling to Tate Britain on a train I read the review of the Impressionists Exhibition. 

It was not very good.

Why criticise  something just because it does not reach unrealistic standards.

The fog scenes of London were very interesting.

I also enjoyed the depictions of social life.

Surely Monet’s scenes of the Thames were worthy of note.

As somebody who has just started painting, I liked the colourful paintings of London.

I will try a similar approach.

It is sad that people ,who should know better ,do not encourage  others to go and see Art.

I think it is waisting an opportunity.

Go and see this Exhibition.

Make up your own mind!,





Back up for the Bramley Apple Tree.



NTU has hatched a plan to save Britain’s oldest Bramley Apple tree. 

This is situated in a garden in Church street Southwell, Notts. 

The tree is dying due to a disease.

Experts believe they can treat this.

ProfRobert Mortimer of NTU Brackenhurst sit is behind this.

It is hoped that NTU will buy the cottage and look after the tree.

Staff and students will assess and tend to the tree and plant grafts at the university campus.

Thus ” the nation’s favourite cooking apple ” looks as if it is going to be protected.

Well done NTU!


Autumn :My week.

This week has bought us lovely weather.

Other parts may be experiencing storms ,but here all is calm.

A good chance to plant bulbs for the Spring.

There is a good deal of colour in my garden :

Late roses, loosestrife, cyclamen and Japanese anemone. 

The bonsai beach tree is beautiful gold.

I have taken pictures to remind myself what the garden looks like.

This helps too plan for next year.

In the garage I have planted up my bulbs for Christmas.

Planning ahead is what gardeners do. It means that we are always looking forward .

With the dark days ahead ,this is so worthwhile.


Chatsworth starts a trend.

Yesterday I went to a talk at at Chatsworth. 

This was about the history of the garden design there.  How better to further your knowledge than to visit a place like this.

Chatsworth has set up an education  section for this purpose.

The talk was stimulating and enjoyable.

It included subjects from Elizabethan Gardens to the present day.

It also provided an opportunity to mix with” like- minded” people.

History was never as interesting as this.

Sunshine accompanied our tour of the gardens.

I have visited the house many times -but had no idea of the scope of the gardens.

Other stately homes are sure to copy this great example.