Climber of the month – August – Clematis tangutica ‘Bill McKenzie’

When I think of climbing plants Clematis is the first plant that comes to mind, having so many forms, the Clematis rivals the English Rose. I chose Clematis tangutica ‘Bill McKenzie’ as Climber of August due to the success achieved from planting three of these fast growing Summer flowering clematis early this year. I have…

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Calycanthus Sweet-shrub of the month 

Calycanthus Sweet-shrub plant of the month, this unusual deciduous shrub resembles a Magnolia until the maroon rose like buds begin to unfurl and we are presented with a silky loosely petalled Camellia-like flower. Burgundy red wine flowers with a slight fleck of cream grace the most centre petals, on this unusual multi-stemmed sweetshrub. Held upright like…

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Planning 12 months with flowering Heathers

Do you know how to plan for 12 months of colour with flowering Heathers? Typically associated with Winter into Spring, Heathers can with some careful planning, provide flower colour and foliage interest all year round. Winter and Spring tend to be seasons we appreciate the heather, usually when little else is in flower. Heathers are often…

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What will a mild Autumn 2016 mean for November’s Monthly Gardening Tips

This time last year we were getting ready to adjust our wardrobe for cold winds and damp dreary days! As November approaches we have to ask ourselves! What will a mild Autumn  2016 mean for November’s Monthly Gardening Tips? We have experienced a long, dry autumn and as the temperatures begin to drop it will soon be time…

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Fatsia japonica – Plant of the Month – December

The month of December invites us to view our garden plants in a different way! The absence of flowers means we look to leaf structure and depth, coloured stems and berries. Fatsia japonica requiring a little shelter from chilling winter winds is happy in most gardens, providing that much needed evergreen interest with large December, deep…

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Curing Pumpkin and Squash Autumn harvest for extended storage life.

Did you know that your Pumpkins and Squash will need curing in the Autumn Sun if you want them to last more than a few weeks? Pumpkins and Squash are available to grow in a whole host of varieties, shapes, colours and sizes. When selecting cultivars of Pumpkin or Squash to try growing at home…

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One amongst many, time to be bold 

Courage I have a plenty, confidence not so much! There’s time for strength, time to be bold and boy has it been a journey. 

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How to grow Morning Glory from seed

Morning Glory a fast growing perennial herbaceous climber is native to tropical regions of Asia and the America’s. Looking for a taste of the tropics for your own garden trellis or wall? Then try growing sun loving Ipomoea or Morning Glory as it’s commonly known from seed at home. Morning Glory are easily raised from…

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Plant Food Diet Plan to Grow your own families health.

Have you considered providing for your families health through nutritional plant foods instead of relying on processed foods enriched by vitamin supplements that provide basic nutrition at best? I have fully embraced a vegetarian diet since the New Year, futhermore I have largely accepted a plant based diet. Follow my plant food diet journey as…

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Drink fresh herbal tea for increased vitality and give your garden health a tonic.

Starting my working day at 7:30am, in reality I’ve probably already sent several emails, ordered gardening supplies, planned a daily work schedule, drank too much coffee ate too many croissants. My transition to becoming a vegetarian began quite by accident, I wanted to increase my fruit and vegetable intake. I didn’t believe the recommended five a…

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Compost Tea for health, wealth, vitality and fab roses.

Our Roses and fruit trees are reaping the health benefits of using a natural based plant tonic and spray consisting of Compost tea, Baking soda and Canola oil. Want the recipe for improved plant health and vitality plus save you money on expensive branded chemicals? Compost Tea for health, wealth and vitality find my own tried…

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Celebrate a New Year with Flowering Bulbs.

January starts with a warm rosy festive glow, yet a bitter chilling winter soon prevails and memories of celebrating, childhood laughter and Christmas carols are lost in the whiteout! Breaking ice and frozen snow the winter Aconite flowering bulbs are the first to appear in the New Year.    

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Prickly Holly and the Poison Ivy

Gardeners beware it’s a jungle out there! Hazards exist in every walk of life but if your going to choose Gardening as a career or a hobby then there are a few things you need to be wary of. Dried Ilex or Holly leaves can be a gardeners nightmare, fortunately with leaf suckers and shredders…

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Top Ten Winter Flowering Shrubs – Best gifts for growing #Gardens.

I don’t know about you but as I get older I find it increasingly difficult to buy Gifts for Adults!  That’s why I decided to put together my Top Ten Winter Flowering Shrubs list – Best gifts for Gardeners So what do you do when it comes to buying the best gifts for someone who already…

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A Horticultural Journey of love, life and learning.

“I dreamed of being a teacher, but academically I just don’t cut the Mustard! So I became a Gardener and learnt to Teach the World to Grow! “ I believe a love of nature, plants, animals and our environment is essential, today our modern thinking is as much about our ecological footprint as it is about…

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Gardening in October is time to tidy, clean and prepare for Winter

I hate being the bearer of bad news but once October is here it is largely time to accept the inevitable! Prepare for Winter it’s on its way and it is time to get Gardening and prepare ready for cold winds and harsh weather conditions. Before you give up all hope on growing fresh produce at…

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How to Create Designer Winter Hanging Baskets

Having researched this subject for the last few weeks, I could not help but notice there is a lack of articles referring to the creation of Designer Winter hanging baskets for your home and garden. To put this right I have complied a list of plants that if assembled correctly, in the perfect container and…

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The Silent Kingdom – Foray for Fungi

As Autumn grips the region, rustic hues appear across our beloved landscape and preparations are made for the Winter months ahead. Naturally drawn to giving thanks for a bountiful harvest, we re-joyce to reside in such a rich, fertile land, where nature and agriculture exist in symbiotic harmony. Combing the elements has always been mother…

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20 Tips for a Perfect September Garden

When September arrives it reminds us that Autumn is well on it’s way but it is also one of those months that fly by so fast that if you blink your going to miss it!  Especially true for busy gardeners who won’t have a moment peace until well after September has past. What with the…

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Love Colour in your Garden in July

July has been quite a month with Summer flowers in full bloom the garden is a hive of activity! Insects, bees and wildlife busy collecting their own produce, whether it be freshly filled pollen sacs or feeding from the unfurling leaves of your favourite roses. I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some of…

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Dexter Cattle and Calving – Diary of an Estate Manager.

My job as Estate Manager means I also get to work closely with our herd of Dexter cattle. Tending to their daily needs is taken care of by our stockman, as manager I get to oversee the herd and ensure they remain in top condition, that they have a safe and secure environment to graze…

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Heptacodium miconioides – Butterflies enjoy the Jasmine scent of Seven Sons

Recently introduced this beautiful multi-stemmed shrub or small tree is not bothered by pests or diseases! H. miconioides is considered rare in China, with very few growing wild but thanks to the Botanically expeditions that helps so many genus survive it can now be found thriving as an ornamental in many stately homes and gardens worldwide.

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Ten Traditional Perennials for Summer long colour

New and exciting Perennials readily make the glossy pages of Gardening magazines for their latest colour strains or fashion trends! But what about the good traditional perennials that have stood the test of time? In 2016 we are likely to spend even more money on Gardening than in previous years and whilst only a small proportion…

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Bee Creative with Spring into Summer Garden Pots

I just love bee-ing creative with my Spring into Summer terracotta pots and containers! Our fantastic Winter into Spring planters worked a treat with large winter interest shrubs and perennials you are sure of a stunning display. Our large Winter terracotta pots are full of plants (shown below) that were chosen for contrasting foliage and seasonal flowers,…

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Easy guide to propagation – Semi-Ripe Softwood cuttings

Growing plants from semi-ripe cuttings are one of the most rewarding ways of reproducing genetically identical offspring from a parent plant.There are always going to be some plants that you wish you had more of, perhaps these are tender perennials that you do not have the space to overwinter, maybe you’d like to share some…

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Bees make themselves at home and receive a warm family welcome. 

When my Sister told me that the bird boxes that have remained vacant for several years have new tenants, I was expecting to see Blue tits or a Robin making his dutiful visits to the nest box entrance. Instead, I witnessed a steady stream of bumblebees making a beeline for the vacant premises as they…

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