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‘Fastigiate’ trees and shrubs are plant exclamation marks!

By | January 25, 2017

Plants can have different forms, depending on the variety. Some sprawl, some spread, and fastigiate ones stand very straight and upright. They are an exclamation mark in plant form! The ‘very straight and upright’ trees and shrubs have erect branches, almost parallel to the stem. They are narrow so can be suitable for small gardens,… Read More »

Your window box will lift the spirits in late winter!

By | January 11, 2017

Looking ahead, many people will have planted up their winter window box in autumn. They will have predicted, correctly, that spirits needs a little uplifting when you look outside on a dreary, dank day, or if the winds are biting, or even if the skies are brilliantly blue. Some of us just didn’t get to… Read More »

Moving from garden dreams to garden plans

By | December 28, 2016

The quiet time between Christmas and the New Year is ideal for dreaming garden dreams, looking at books and pondering what will work and how you will do it. Your garden dreams can come true! Have you been wondering about changes in the garden? Transforming a perfectly nice (but ordinary) back garden into a scented… Read More »

How to turn your plant pots into festive plant pots

By | December 14, 2016

At this time of year, when the focus tends to be indoors, some plant pots can look rather plain and out-of-step with the rest of the Christmas decorations. Are your plant pots looking rather non-festive? It doesn’t take very long to transform ordinary pots into festive plant pots, especially if you use ribbon. Festive plant pots… Read More »

How to keep cut flowers going, and flower preservative

By | November 30, 2016

We’re approaching peak time for being presented with a bunch of flowers bought in a hurry from a petrol station forecourt or a supermarket. We may even have done the same ourselves. The flowers have probably spent time in less than ideal conditions (draughty, hot and cold places) so they need some kindly help in… Read More »

A low maintenance garden for all seasons

By | November 21, 2016

For a good looking, low maintenance garden, I recommend thinking big, thinking simple and editing, editing, editing. And for a garden of any kind, be clear about what you want to use it for, make the space for that and include things that make you feel good. What garden things make you feel good? Garden-wise,… Read More »

Plant summer-fruiting and autumn-fruiting raspberries

By | November 16, 2016

Raspberries! You can keep your strawberries! Raspberries are my favourite soft fruit. And as there are both summer-fruiting and autumn-fruiting varieties, the season for rasp-lovers is long, running from July to October or even November. Raspberries are very easy to grow and now, from November to March, is the best time to plant them, as… Read More »

Free plants: the hardwood cuttings edition

By | November 2, 2016

Welcome to another blog post in our occasional series about taking cuttings to make plants for nothing. For nothing, that is, if you’re prepared to put in a little time now and you’re not in a hurry. That’s because hardwood cuttings take about nine to 12 months to establish a root system. The dormant period,… Read More »

Clip Virginia creeper and other late autumn gardening jobs

By | October 19, 2016

Virginia creeper has started to cover the windows so the next few weeks are the time to clip it back. It’s also time to ‘renovate’ tangled climbing and rambling roses. Keep an eye on the weather, too, and protect your plants if frost is forecast. Autumn is definitely with us now and I’m scrambling to… Read More »