Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • Plain or patterned tulips?

    Even with such a long, illustrious history, tulips can have a very minimalist up to date look. Use plain coloured tulips like White Dream or purple Negrita to achieve this. Lots of tulips are multi-coloured - Blueberry ripple, the ardent Burning Heart and the amazing Hemisphere which varies from solid...
  • Traditional or Exotic Tulips?

    The Dutch tourist board tulip has a simple oval shape as best exemplified in the Triumph and Single Early  - both of which have a large range of colours. The pared down flower creates a different look to the later, attention seeking tulips like the Black Parrot or Burgundy Lace...
  • Where can you plant your tulip bulbs?

    Everyone is familiar with tulips in pots but a prevailing wind will swiftly flatten any top heavy parrot tulips, even with support, while low growing flowers will be lost to view in a pot at the end of a walkway. Dwarf tulips like Little Red Riding Hood work well in...
  • When do you want your tulips?

    Different types of tulips flower at different times; the really tough tulips like the dwarf Kaufmanniana and Greigii, see pink Heart's Delight and red and white striped Pinocchio, will break through the frosts of March to reveal charming open flowers. Most of the standard Dutch style tulips bloom in April...
  • Ivy League

    The warmth of September has kept the soil temperatures at a perfect pitch for planting potted perennials and shrubs. Autumn is quite the time to settle in fickle plants that like to bed their roots in before they have to do anything exceptional or enervating like flowering. However there is...
  • Hips and Haws

    Rosa rugosa makes a truly decorative hedge on its own or mixed with other hedge plants, especially if the plants are in the sun so that they flower well. Choose vibrant pink or purest white flowers for your summer interest and then enjoy the enormous orange gobstoppers of hips that...
  • Thorny issues

    More and more frequently communities are gated, electric gates installed, and iron railings sharpened. All no doubt sensible security measures but how about considering a much cheaper alternative to all of this hardware? We suggest a thorny hedge, alive with prickles and scratchy bits so that no self respecting intruder...
  • EnGage this autumn

    It took a trip to an Italian supermarket to fully appreciate the merit of greengages. To wit, a house full of sixteen hungry (and often hungover) souls presented with an array of nectarines, white peaches and  melons first thing in the morning and guess which fruit disappeared fastest? Yes...

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