The Riding House Collection

Freshly foraged arrangements inspired by and created for Dinah, Countess of Shaftesbury,

exclusively at The Riding House, Wimborne St Giles.

My latest selection of pictures from Hollygrove

Rosa Molineaux

Rosa Felicia

Rosa Buttercup

Rosa Light Fantastic

Rosa Blue For You

Rosa Meg

Rosa Warm Welcome

Rosa Pissaro

Abundant vegetable beds bursting with fresh food and flowers, being both beautiful and productive.

Straight from the garden; zero air miles, 100% nutrition, from soil to saucepan in about 15 minutes, a simple pleasure but deeply beneficial to body, mind and spirit. No matter how small your plot of ground, it is worth making space for a few vegetables, or fruit, because the flavour and sense of satisfaction is beyond anything a supermarket can supply.

Before and after photos supplied by Dei Arnold-Merrick. This flourishing garden is now in its third year, designed and planted by the owner, with a little bit of interference from me.

This little veggie patch was started from scratch in the middle of March 2020, now a source of daily pleasure and clearly shows what can be achieved by a novice gardener in a small space in just a few weeks.

Photos supplied by Libby.

This garden in the New Forest is an absolute favourite. The full transformation from driveway to cottage garden took 18 months and includes beech hedges, a raised dining area and rejuvenated rockery with a Mediterranean theme.

Photos supplied by Paul and Jules.

30th Birthday table flowers

30th Birthday table flowers

Cutting the Corn flowers

I love receiving Libby's latest pictures of flowers gathered from her new garden bed.

The Secret Garden: After purchasing a 'waiting to be loved' piece of land very close to their home, Dan and Camilla set about creating the Secret Garden out of the thicket of self-seeded saplings and general scrub. They wanted to preserve the atmosphere of wild natural beauty while also defining a manageable garden with three distinct areas.

Photos supplied by the owners.

A lot of hard work was needed... clear the mass of mixed scrub...

...creating a flower rich meadow.

A bold structure separates the orchard and a level area of lawn...

...within a couple of years cloaked with wisteria and roses.

Under this heap of bramble...

... a lovely old fallen tree now home to Rambling Rector.

Autumn colours fit for a French Impressionist.