About Nicki Lewis-Smith

Nicki Lewis-Smith is a garden designer and horticulturist living and working in Ludlow. Apart from maintaining and creating gardens, her other love is photography and writing. Some of Nicki's photography is currently being exhibited at Abundant in Ludlow. You can also follow Nicki on Twitter @Nickilewissmith

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Out of Hours

Out of Hours

Woman to man at party: “And what do you do?” Man in reply to woman: “Iʼm a doctor.” We all know where it goes from there… “Ah, funny you should say that, but…. my left knee… just here at the top… do you think…?” Does the doctor cringe when asked anything…

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Idiosyncratic or What

Idiosyncratic or What

During the first two weeks of this month (year), I have been oo-ing and ahh-ing along with everyone else who has any tinge of horticultural awareness. And itʼs all to do with the early winter months being so mild. Geraniums – not the hardy type, but the summer bedding Pelargoniums. Forgot…

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Flowers at Christmas

Flowers at Christmas

I have been looking around my garden to see whatʼs flowering and what I might be able to bring into the house on Christmas morning. It might well be a rose – there are two flowering in the garden at the moment – the pure white climbing ʻIcebergʼ rose (you really canʼt…

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Tulips and Ladybirds

Tulips and Ladybirds

I think we have reached garden clear up time. Bulbs should be in by now – that is, except for Tulips. I like to leave them until November as too early and they can succumb to ʻTulip Fireʼ. Thatʼs when, as the leaves appear they are all scrunched up and yuk (the…

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Spotted in Ludlow

Spotted in Ludlow

I am so fond of this time of year that I think I shall produce a book on the garden in autumn - it would, of course, be crammed with photographs as this has to be one of the most photographic times of the year. Low sun and crisp light. Cobwebs like…

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Thinking Wisteria

Thinking Wisteria

Is there anyone in the same boat as me? I am overwhelmed – I just canʼt keep up! Just when I think that I have successfully finished one garden job and can breathe again, I turn around and am confronted by something that I have completely missed – like a corner taken over…

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Handbags at Dawn

Handbags at Dawn

June – the month of ʻLovely Ladiesʼ and Mullein moths. By ʻLovely Ladiesʼ, I do of course mean Delphiniums – tall, stately and blowsy – unless you forget to stake them then theyʼll keel over – the weight of the gin bottles in their handbags I daresay! I was quite glad to…

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Bottoms Up in the Allotment

Bottoms Up in the Allotment

I had cause to visit an allotment recently and I was really taken with it. I could just see myself sitting on an upturned vegetable crate, back warmed against a rickety shed, the evening sun on my face and casting shadows along neat rows of leeks and cabbages. Perhaps even a glass…

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All in a name

All in a name

Gardeners beware! I have just seen a Hairy Bitter-cress in flower! Before you know it their exploding seeds will be shooting half way across the garden as well as into your eyes as youʼre weeding. Did you know that this little weed has one of the fastest life cycles in…

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Coming up Roses in Winter

Coming up Roses in Winter

Itʼs going to happen suddenly, I know it is – and I wonʼt be ready. I wonʼt have the pond cleared ready for the rampant frogs, I wonʼt have cut back the hellebore leaves to reveal the new flowers stretching out their necks, I wonʼt have cleared away all of last yearʼs…

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