First results released in a four year long RHS Plants for Bugs study reveal that the best way to make your garden friendly to bugs is to plant a mix of flowering plants from different countries and regions. The main findings are that 

  • Emphasis should be given to plants native to the UK and the northern hemisphere
  • Exotic plants from the southern hemisphere can be used to extend the season
  • The more flowers a garden can offer throughout the year, the greater the number of bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects it will attract and support.


That's good news for Our Flower Patchers. What's good to cut is also great for bugs as it's growing and the 'cut and come again' nature of cut flowers means there's plenty for you and the bugs.

Job done!

As the RHS continues to pursue its campaign 'Greening Grey Britain', yet another study was published this week flagging up the importance of green space for youngsters.

"Psychologists have found time and again that a walk in a city park is much better for the tired brain than a walk down typical city streets. Even a quick window view of some greenery can do a body good. The leading explanation is called “attention restoration theory”: whereas our mental faculties get fatigued by the busy streets and tall buildings and crowded corners of urban life, they get refreshed by the undemanding nature of … nature."

So, if you needed an excuse for planting up a patch of the schoolyard, this is it. 

Get in touch for tips and advice about getting started.

New term outside activities

We love September - new beginnings and endless possibilities are a fair trade for the end of the lazy days of summer. Cally also has a bit of a passion for stationery and her new notebook is fast being filled with great ideas for new ways to make use of the school flower patch in the coming year. 

We're now into the second year of what is an innovative pilot in a number of primary schools to improve their grounds and enable teachers to use the school garden to teach aspects of the National Curriculum, life skills and entrepreneurship. 

If you would like to find out more about becoming part of the community this year and have a say in developing bespoke educational materials for use in your outdoor classroom, get in touch

And if you want the low-down on why gardening is so good for children, check out this article

Whilst our members are on their Easter holidays, Cally has been busy running workshops for the National Trust and catching up on her reading. You can  read about the fun to be had hammering leaves to make nature art and painting with woad on our latest wordpress blog. It's a good opportunity to sample Our Flower Patch activities first hand for anyone within striking distance of The Courts Gardens in Holt.

And if you want a recommendation for a little holiday reading especially for gardeners, why not try Mark Diacono's latest book about kitchen gardening? Here's Cally's review.


Things have been a bit quiet on the latest news front, although our members and those of you who follow our blog will know that we have been very busy in the run up to the start of the sowing season. Winter time is the perfect opportunity to catch up on some inspirational reading before all those seedlings need plenty of attention. We have been very fortunate to have received a pile of books - the latest garden inspiration and together we've been working our way through some of them to recommend our favorites.

Check out our blog for a fabulous book giveaway of the ever popular The Flower Farmer's Year by Georgie Newbery in time for World Book Day and over the next few weeks to find out about some of the newest gardening books around. 

It won't be long before you can give in to 'sow fever' and what better way to relax after a hard day's sowing than with a good book. It's all food for the soul.