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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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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Let your Garden shine with Asphodeline Yellow Candle

Lighten your Garden borders with shining sparks of yellow candle flowers, also referred to as the king’s spear that brings an architectural statement to your gardens shape and form. Highly regarded for its starry golden yellow flowers that follow in succession moving up the length of the flowering spire as they reach their ultimate height of between three…

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May Lambs, Early Tomatoes, Cream Teas and Smiles.

Dancing around the MayPole may be the tradition of old, reserved for Village Fairs and Country Fete’s but in reality, May for the talented Gardener will certainly have you in a spin. There’s definitely lot’s to smile about in May, the promise of warmer weather to come and not to mention the Tulips that are a…

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Free Draining Compost Mix for Cucurbits, Aubergine and Peppers.

    When growing high yield vegetables or young plants under glass it is critical that you provide the optimum conditions to maximise growth, water retention and fruiting for maximum harvest potential. We use the following compost mix for potting on all our pepper, aubergine, courgettes and pumpkins, which are considered intense crops and therefore heavy feeders…

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Garden Designers step up or sign off.

Thinking of employing the services of a garden designer? Take a moment to consider a few alternatives before you rush in and allow a Garden designer full control of your Garden,  it’s development and frankly what could easily become an intrusive introduction into your families lives. Inviting a Garden designer into your home and the…

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Spruce up your Silver Birch with a little Tender Loving Care

Dank, dark and dreary Winter days are often forgotten as we Spring forward for longer, lighter days and push back the dark invasive nightfall. Mosses, Algae and Lichens naturally receded as the warmer weather dries up the nourishment they need to prosper.  Conifer’s and Spruce trees loose their appeal as Lawns begin to look greener,…

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Campanula takesmania Alba – A growers guide. 

  I love adding new and exciting Campanula to my perennial Garden borders. In almost every garden I have designed and created I include several different varieties of Campanula from a vast selection of hardy and rewarding plants. Many of you will be familiar with a least a few Campanula, as it is a huge…

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Natures Autumn Seed Bounty – Seed Dispersal natures way.

Nature employs several methods for seed distribution during the Autumn months. It’s not unusual to hear the popping or cracking of crisp dry seed pods as they attempt to propel their seeds far and wide. Some plants even provide their seeds armed with hooks and burrs that snag the passer-by! Be it Gardeners tending to…

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Make Room for easy to Grow Meconopsis cambrica – The Welsh Poppy

Meconopsis cambrica is one of the easiest of the Papaver family to grow, accounting for its widespread distribution. Establishing itself in its favoured position of light dappled shade in a moisture retentive humus-rich soil that does not dry out. Rich green finely lobed leaves creates a mound of lush foliage in the Spring quickly followed by torpedo…

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