January – Prepare Your Greenhouse for Spring
January is definitely the lazy month for the gardener, sandwiched between the last harvest and the first sowing, many people find the ground too heavy to dig especially with the high recent rainfall, leaving even the most contentious allotmenteer with little to do on their plot. However, the bright sunshine at the beginning of this […]
Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table: 16th – 23rd April 2017.
This week I am going green. Many bushes like edible currant bushes are now in flower with green flowers, the flowers are totally inconspicuous and only our good friends the bees and the flies notice them as they come for their supply of nectar whilst going about their important business of pollinating the fruit for […]
Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table: 3rd – 9th April 2017.
The hyacinths that I planted in the autumn are blooming profusely in my garden, but unless well looked after over the winter it is unlikely that they will bloom well next year. As an alternative I thought of the Hyacinth look alike – the Bergenia – which is a strong perennial blooming every year even […]
Get the kids involved – fast growing summer bulbs which children will enjoy!
Gardening Tip – For the week, 27th Mar. – 2nd April. It is always good to pass on our love for gardening to our children, but if we want their gardening enthusiasm to stay with them for life we need to give them the extra carrot! Sowing parsnip seeds which will take 3 weeks to […]
Camellia – Queen of the Spring
After a week of storms and floods the sun has at last begin to shine over the British Isles. The bushes and trees have responded, with a burst of bloom and the birds in my garden have begun their lively chatter as they begin to build their nests. The queen of the spring flowering shrubs, […]
Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table:Week Beginning 27th March 2017.
Yellow Forsythia – Cheerful Harbinger of Spring Yellow is classed as one of the ‘warm’ colours, it is the colour of happiness, cheerfulness and friendliness, and has been universally accepted as the colour of caring. In colour psychology yellow radiates hope and optimism. I think this explains why spring flowers are primarily yellow, dominated by […]
Gardening Tip – For the week beginning 27th March 2017
Final clear up! This week shall be my final clear up of last year’s foliage and spent flowers. It is advisable not to prune certain bushes in the winter as during an early warm spell this will induce an immediate lush growth that will be killed by a hard frost and there aren’t always new buds […]
Gardening Tip – For the week beginning 20.03.17
Thinning the fruit barrier. Fencing between gardens is often bold and solid but between allotments we usually go for a more relaxed type of fence the purpose is primarily just to specify a boundary but not to keep out the neighbours’ eyes as we all live as one happy family on the allotment, don’t we? […]
Plant Lavender Now for Gorgeous Summer Display and Fragrance
Fantastic Deal on Hidcote and Munstead hardy lavender plug plants get 72 plug plants for just £9.99 – just 14p per plant – with FREE postage!!! Lavender can be planted as a low growing hedge or in drifts, but even if you have no room for a major display you must have at least a […]
Say it with Daffodils!
I would never have dreamed of writing an article about the simple daffodil – such a common place flower that needs no introduction, but when I saw the display in the featured photo, I decided that it is definitely something to shout about. Say it with Flowers is obviously not just a commercial advertising slogan for […]