Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Fox in the Garden; GARDENING Silent Witness Star Emilia Fox Reveals the Inspiration Behind Her Glorious Cottage Garden

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Fox in the Garden; GARDENING Silent Witness Star Emilia Fox Reveals the Inspiration Behind Her Glorious Cottage Garden

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Byline: Emilia Fox

AT the end of a hard day's filming, Silent Witness star Emilia Fox likes nothing better than to venture into her oasis of calm, with its walls of lavender, pretty clematis and fragrant roses.

The south-facing garden, which complements her elegant Victorian home in west London, was lovingly created with the help of her garden designer pal, Sue Gernaey. Fox says that if she could change her own career, she would become a gardener.

"I'm constantly begging if I can come and work for her (Sue), so I can give everything up and become a gardener," says Fox, the daughter of actors Joanna David and Edward Fox.

The garden has been a labour of love for the 39-year-old actress, who is the face of B&Q's new campaign to replace all polystyrene packaging in its range of bedding plants and use non-peat compost.

"When I first moved in, the garden was full of rocks and stones and lots of odd protruding wood, but it had a lovely, huge bay tree and I'd always dreamed of having my own proper English country cottage garden. I've always found cottage gardens very romantic and I'm probably a bit of an old romantic.

"So, we took the whole thing out and started from scratch. It's the most rewarding thing I've ever done.

"I'm a trial and error gardener so I always knew that the best thing to do would be to put in the things that would come up each year. Sue laughed at me because when it came to bulb planting time she asked how many I wanted to order and I just said, cram it full, and they're all coming up now - all the tulips. It's like a floral revolution out there. There are pinks, whites, and almost black tulips."

These include T. 'Mondial', 'Angelique', 'Queen of Night', 'Spring Green' , 'Burgundy' and 'Albion Star'. She also has plenty of muscari and Allium 'Purple Sensation'.

"I also wanted there to be a lot of roses because when I moved in I was having my little girl, who is called Rose. So, where you sit outside to eat, there are a lot of roses. There's also a wall of lavender by the table, leading on to a traditional lawn which is curved at the top and then surrounded by beds of roses, clematis and herbs, passion flowers and myrtle, all the things that make it smell delicious in summer. …

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