Property search
i Newspaper
 
TheIPaper
The Independent around the web
Latest Video

Emma Townshend: "I'm enchanted by the ash tree's transformation to a glorious orange"

It's odd how sometimes you just notice things more than in other years. Driving to a friend's on Saturday, I was astonished by the colour of the ash trees. In just a few days, their boring all-summer green had turned to an extraordinary plummy, orangey shade, that even reminded me a tiny bit of a Tequila Sunrise, as the two juices start to mix. Proper fall is here, finally: liquidambars washed in red, ginkgos going to that raver's shade of fluoro limey yellow. But ash trees, especially, seem to be everywhere: made visible, labelled, almost, by that blushing colour.

Anna Pavord: "Forget raised vegetable patches - veg are better off grown at ground level"

A raised bed edged with wooden planks is time consuming and will have rotted within five years, argues our horticultural expert

Emma Townshend: "It's pouring out there - and it couldn't make me happier"

Our gardening correspondent isn't in love with being cold or wet; she just don't want to run away from it

Having the right furniture is the key to being able to use your garden properly

Outdoor furniture for gardens: The best deals

It pays to think half a year ahead and search for outdoor furniture now, says Emma Townshend
Luma apiculata 'Glanleam Gold' can be clipped as easily as box

Anna Pavord: Planting new trees and shrubs in autumn

It may seem premature, but the fallen leaves provide sustenance, and the soil is still warm and welcoming from summer
The vegetable patch and orchard in Rudyard Kipling's gardens at Batemans in East Sussex, paid for by his Nobel Prize for Literature winnings

Literary gardens: From Kipling's fruit trees to Dickens' geranium theatre

A new book reveals how Britain's favourite authors composed their gardens to their very idiosyncratic tastes

In our old garden, I planted 'George Cave', so the children could help themselves to fruit whenever they wanted

Anna Pavord: English apples

English apples can be in season for seven months of the year, come in a number of tasty varieties, and can be stored after picking
Ricinus communis, the castor-oil plant used in the assassination of Georgi Markov

Emma Townshend: Kew's festival of 'poison' plants is as educational as it is part of a grand tradition

Drugs shame? Far from it, says Emma Townshend.

The fiery autumn leaves of 'Brant'

Anna Pavord: It is possible to grow grape vines in this country

You just need to decide if you want them for decoration or drinking. Oh, and be prepared for a bit of pruning...

Don't have a garden? Get your green fingers working on the balcony, roof or allotment

In just seven years, around 1.5 million of us have lost access to green spaces we can call our own (blame the property market). But fear not, says Emma Townshend – there are more opportunities than ever if you want to get your hands dirty…

Emma Townshend: 'I love a bonfire but I have to remember that the neighbours might not'

I always want to burn stuff at this time of year. I want to pile it high, set fire to it, and watch it go. I want to fall asleep with my hair smelling of bonfires, put on my jumper again weeks later and still be able to smell smoke. I want to eschew the tip and the council recycling bags and just lay waste to the lot of it. Burn, burn, burn!

Purple reign: A colchicum in full bloom

Anna Pavord: If you want colchicums to spring up in your garden at the tail-end of summer, you'll have to go to some trouble

Colchicums are dormant for such a short time, so there is only a short window when you can get hold of them to plant

Anna Pavord: "Time to get planting for spring"

Spring may be a distant dream, but now is the time to start planning for it, advises our horticultural expert, who gives her top tips on which bulbs to plant this year

George Plumptre's new book delivers a paean to the English love for country-house gardens

End of the summer: art galleries are packing up their temporary exhibitions ready to send the works home, so I dashed to Tate Britain to catch the last week of British Folk Art. Wandering around, admiring gigantic men made of straw and carpets woven by sailors to include images of fine ships on the ocean wave, I realised how often gardening crops up as a Special Talent of These Isles.

Property search
Browse by area

A-Z index: area guides

Thinking of moving? View over 200 property area guides on London and commuter hotspots

H&P newsletter signup
Property search
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    A-Z index: area guides

    Thinking of moving? View over 200 property area guides on London and commuter hotspots

    Featured properties

    Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

    Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

    One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
    The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

    The enemy within

    People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
    Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

    Autumn/winter menswear 2015

    The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
    'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

    'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

    Army general planning to come out
    Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

    What the six wise men told Tony Blair

    Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
    25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

    25 years of The Independent on Sunday

    The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
    Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

    Smash hit go under the hammer

    It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
    Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

    The geeks who rocked the world

    A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
    Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

    Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

    Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
    America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

    America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

    These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
    A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

    A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

    A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
    Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

    Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

    A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
    Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

    Growing mussels

    Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project