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Protecting Your Plants from the Cold

Protecting plants from the winter weather Last month I talked about keeping plants in pots happy over the winter  – definitely one of the first jobs to do . But for many of us a little bit of winter protection is in order for many plants, even if they are growing in open ground. Which […]

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Which ground cover is best for weed control?

Ground Cover Weed Control The bane of every gardener is how to control the weeds that keep springing up [from nowhere] on the allotment. The question we are always pondering is , which is the worse offender, the weeds or the pests? But even if the weed crisis only comes second place it needs addressing […]

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Pieris Japonica – Beautiful blooms in the depth of winter!

Botanical  Name: Pieris Japonica .    Common Name : Lily of the valley shrub. I was roaming around my friend’s garden this week and I saw this beautiful plant in full flower. In fact I think it was the only plant in the whole garden with flowers! It had no plant label but  I immediately put […]

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How to Deal with Wood Pigeons

Wood pigeons Wood pigeons seem to be increasing in number and everywhere I go, to give a talk, do a demo in a garden centre or doing a GQT these feathery pests certainly seem to be featuring heavily in people’s gardens! They do damage all over the garden, but worst hit are the edibles – […]

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Best Gardens for Event Hire

Gardens are brilliant to visit, but how about hiring a venue space at one? How amazing would that be?!! *Hiring the Orangery at Kew Gardens, London What a wonderful spot! I was at Kew last Saturday (17/12) and there was a wedding/reception just about to happen. What a wonderful background for some stunning photographs! Kew […]

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Top Public Gardens of 2016

Gardens to Visit If you have found your way to this (frankly brilliant!) gardening website, then the chances are you are into gardens and gardening!? Most keen gardeners that I speak to also are fans of visiting gardens to check out what they are growing and how they are growing it. My Top Gardens of […]

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Growing Your Own Bay Leaf

  Botanical  Name: Laurus Nobilis .    Common Name : Bay leaf tree. Whilst looking for something to fill my vase over the coming week, I had a special request from my garden; I wanted something that would last for a few weeks not just over the weekend, as I have many guests joining in for […]

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All About Pruning Deciduous Hedges

When to Prune Deciduous Hedges When it comes to pruning deciduous hedges, it is vital to prune them at the right time of year. Initial pruning: After planting and years one and two? Winter Further maintenance pruning? Summer Why do I need to prune my deciduous hedge? Won’t that stop them growing taller? No, a common […]

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Christmas Poinsettia – Beautiful Euphorbia

What is the most beautiful Euphorbia? The genus Euphorbia includes many plants that are commonly found in UK gardens today. When it comes to choosing to most beautiful Euphorbia, though, this is a bit of a play on words. Euphorbia pulcherrima literally translates as “the most beautiful Euphorbia.” What is the Euphorbia pulcherrima? It is […]

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Alternatives to the Classic Hedge

The Dividing Line – A Mini Hedge Winter months is the time to plant up a new hedge and that is what I intend writing about this week however I purposely did not title the column ‘planting a hedge’ as the word  ‘hedge’ conjures up an image of a sky scraper of green, generating a […]

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