Topiary – You CAN Do It!
Topiary There are few skills in the garden that produce results as breathtaking as well-executed topiary. Hedge topiary Along the old A3 route near Petersfield in Hampshire is an incredible hedge that I have seen clipped as a dragon for a very long time. The hedge itself is at least 20 foot long and 6 […]
Jobs For May 8 Seasonal Tips
The UK had some very varied weather in April, and May is promising to be just as unsettled! Whatever the weather though, there are plenty of jobs to be getting on with in May. Preparing beds Now is the time to put some love into preparing the beds for your summer bedding. You will reap […]
The British Cut Flower Revival; will it last?
Facts and figures In the UK, fresh cut flowers and indoor plant market is worth £2 billion (retail) per year. (It is interesting to note that the UK music industry is worth around £2 billion.) The average spend per person per year is £36 90% of cut flowers come from overseas 6,800 hectares of cut […]
Companion Planting – Carrots
Companion Planting – Carrots A very wise person once said: “In nature everything interacts to create a whole life force. This is a basic understanding … that everything organic and living has a mutual influence on every other living thing.” The term companion planting refers to the selection of plants to be planted together for […]
Beating Slugs and Snails – 10 Strategies that Work
Slugs and Snails. Words that strike terror into the hearts of gardeners everywhere. The most feared of all the garden pests, slugs and snails can destroy plants and flowers in matter of hours and are notoriously difficult to control. With their voracious appetite they will quickly strip a plant of its foliage, leaving destruction in […]
Planting Peas, Mange Tout and Broad Beans
Broad beans, peas and mangetout favour the cooler growing conditions of early summer as their seeds germinate at low temperatures. While days are getting longer and warming up, nights and soil are still too cool for many crops but these attractive, tasty and nutritious vegetables are easy to cultivate so great for beginners and experienced […]
The Soil is warming up; time to mulch!
What is mulch? The RHS defines mulches as: “loose coverings or sheets of material placed on the surface of cultivated soil.” You can apply mulch to soil on the ground or on top of composts in containers. There are two types of mulch; biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Biodegradable mulches The design purpose of a biodegradable mulch […]
Tresco Abbey Garden: Get the look in 3 pots
The second largest of the Isles of Scilly, Tresco has been attracting tourists for years to its stunning gardens. The frost-free climate on the island means that a collection of plants like no other on a British island has been formed. Those who have had the chance to visit return awe-struck. Whether you have visited […]