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  • Roses – to climb or to ramble?

    Sombreuil climbing rose People always say that you give the presents that you actually want yourself but I am not sure that that is right because one of the best presents I have received were ten bare root roses from a complete non-gardener friend of mine who loathes roses because...
  • Jobs in the garden: May

     

    Spring has burst into life and is now well and truly upon us. Birds are nesting, clematis are climbing, and the darling buds of May are out.

    Jobs in the garden for May English Lavender

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  • Deadheading Daffodils

    Deadheading Daffodils

    Daffodils and Narcissi are undoubtedly among our most cherished and adored spring flowers and they form a large part of our collection of flowering bulbs. The cheery flashes of bright canary yellow along our roadsides and verges heralds the start of spring and tempts us with summery thoughts of the sunshine to come.

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  • A few garden jobs for April

    April Jobs

    April is such an exciting month in the garden; colour has returned with all the glorious spring bulbs, seeds are sprouting, and that bright flush of lime green new growth lights up the trees and hedgerows.

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  • Setting Fire To The Rain - Salix alba ‘Chermesina’

    Salix alba ‘Chermesina’
    There is one genus that has been thriving throughout this wet weather. Three months of torrential downpours and grey skies reminds us why no gardener should overlook the Willow genus. Let us not long for spring but instead linger in this damp moment a while. Whether your garden is big or small, it is time to make sure that when you look out of your window next January, there is a fire amongst the rain.
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  • A few garden jobs for February

    February Jobs

    Spring is just around the corner, and blooms are already starting to appear – daffodils and crocuses seem to be popping up all over the place. Where does the time go?

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  • Our Top Tips For The Season

      Prune your apples and pears It’s time to prune apples and pears to ensure a good crop of fruit for the following year. The aim is to create a goblet type shape. Here's a video on how to prune your tree: Remove diseased and broken branches from trees and...
  • Create a winter wonderland

     
    The low golden sun shining and sparkling on frosty hedges, branches and foliage is a wonder of the season, and is something to be truly celebrated.

    The lyrics to "In the bleak midwinter" don't offer the best encouragement for getting out in the garden. But with a few thoughtful planting choices you can be "Walking in a winter wonderland!"

    Although you may not want to be out in the garden that much in the depths of winter, it is still important to provide yourself with enticing views from the house.

    Most important are front gardens and pathways to your doors. These are places that - in rain, sleet and snow - you'll be passing through on a daily basis.

    And it's where you welcome your visitors. These are places you want to feel proud of, and to get great enjoyment from, in all seasons.
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  • Winter pruning: Don't cut corners...

     

    Winter pruning

    Clean up those secateurs for a decent
    bit of winter pruning

    To non-gardeners it may not be obvious, but autumn can be one of the busiest times of year in the garden, and pruning is one of the most important tasks of the season.

    There are many trees and shrubs that need pruning or renovating in their dormant period if they are to avoid stress and recover before growth begins again in spring.

    Left unpruned, deciduous trees and shrubs can become leggy and unattractive, with soft and top fruit becoming unproductive and susceptible to disease.

    When carrying out your pruning it is really important to use clean sharp tools that will not leave any jagged edges that could prove an easy entry for infection.
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  • Urban gardening: Cities with a soft fruit centre

     

    Country hedges have been full of fruit this year,
    but where are the berries in our cities?

    London-based urban gardener, Dan Combes, wonders why there aren't more berries in city centres...

    Towns and cities of Britain, why aren't we cultivating more soft fruits?

    Over the last the two weeks I have planted thousands of bulbs. But why (London, I'm talking to you especially) am I not planting soft fruits? It is the perfect time to put in berries and currants.

    As I write our native flora is abound with fruit. I have never seen our hedgerows so stocked. Clusters of red fruits weigh down hawthorn branches. Rose hips wreath their way through the arms of blackthorn, with their sloes ready to bring the best out of gin.

    And although the elderberries are long gone they deserve a mention. Often slightly sour, this year they were sweet enough to be eaten by the handful.
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