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Growing the Beautiful Dicentra Spectabilis – Dutchman’s Breeches!

Dicentra  Spectabilis is a  flower that I love to cut every year. It is worth having a garden just alone for this beautiful flower . Due to its delicate constitution it is practically impossible find it in the shops as a cut flower, yet it will grow easily in any garden and it will last […]

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Garden Zones – Rooms in Your Garden

Some people have ‘garden rooms’, this season it’s all about ‘rooms’ in your garden! There is nothing I enjoy more than relaxing in my garden with a few friends and a few drinks(!), and with summer on its way, I’ve been thinking more and more about how I can create zones in my garden to […]

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A Beautiful Lawn

How To Care For My Lawn In Spring

Spring Lawn care Once the frosts have stopped, your lawn will start to come into its own and you must get to work if you are to have a beautiful lawn this season. Regular maintenance is key. Lawn care jobs that need doing now Mowing Hopefully it is fairly obvious that if you have a […]

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Best Bulbs to Plant with Children

Fast Growing Summer Bulbs Which Children Will Enjoy 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 germinate and another […]

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Advantages of No Dig Gardening

No dig advantages Most soil already has a good structure for plant roots to grow, and is full of growth-promoting organisms, which actually do not work so well after being disturbed. Millions of fungal threads, earthworms, millipedes and amphibians, to name but a few, are being helpful right under our feet. Soil is a living […]

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Last Spring Pruning

Final Spring Pruning is best done towards the end of March 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 below for the plant to fall back on. […]

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Gardening – Little & Often

Being there, little and often   The most successful approach to gardening is bit by bit, with continual, small successes that build confidence, interest and a great garden. Dig this? A common beginning is to dig the soil. It gives exercise and looks nice! However the sequel is less fun, endless weeding and coping with […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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NoDig – Charles Dowding -Save time, garden clever

Save time, garden clever  Time is precious and the best gardeners use it wisely. They don’t waste time by sowing seeds out of season, or waiting too long before dealing with weeds. I explain this throughout my diary (use code JH17 to get £4 discount when buying online). which is centred on efficient use of […]

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