Whether you’re thinking of a hedge, wallflowers, fruit trees, climbers, roses, lavender or ornamental garden trees, now is the time to get out there and plant to your hearts’ content. I’ve recently planted broad leafed lime trees to act as a screen to cover up the background of a town...
Lavender is a herb, a flower, a medicine, a deterrent. Its uses are many and varied, probably more than any other plant I know. Lavender looks great, smells even better and despite being of Mediterranean and North African provenance is a classic English staple of cottage gardens, as well as...
Christmas presents can be an emotive subject for gardeners. There are always so many things a gardener wants to find under the tree on Christmas morning. But, please, not another fork and trowel set (with obligatory floral design). And no more gardeners’ soaps or hand creams. I have a pile...
I love roses. They’re colourful, sophisticated, often gorgeously perfumed and happy as Larry in clay soil. Being a London gardener with little time to garden, this is crucial. A winter project My little pre-Christmas project this year is to plant the climber ‘Bathsheba’ in a pot against the east-facing wall...
We get many people enquiring about specific things at certain times of the year, and here are some of the most frequent ones and some helpful answers: Question 1: When will my order be delivered? Answer: Current deliveries for bare root plants should arrive by mid-November depending on what...
I know that the subject of roses in their hedging and hip form came up in the last newsletter but arguably (and I may be on sticky ground here) every garden should have a rose or two in one of its incarnations. Even for those with a more modernist or...
The highly scented and delicately coloured
hybrid tea rose 'Twice in a Blue Moon'
Roses are by far the favourite among flowering garden plants.
They have been cultivated for an astonishing 5,000 years, the earliest having been collected for decoration or scent from the wild.
But by the mid 19th century over a thousand different varieties were available. Today this figure is somewhere around 13,000!
They are our most adored garden plant and our image of the country garden would not be complete without them.
There are organic alternatives to rose pest and
disease control – including growing garlic!
Roses, apart from being beautiful are also probably the most loved flower in British gardens - and one of the most useful.
Rose petals are commonly harvested for use in cosmetics, dried for pot pourri, or added to jams, syrup or water for flavour. You can also crystallise them for use as cake decorations.
Rose hips contain more vitamin C gram-for-gram than oranges with even higher levels in the older heritage varieties. They can be used in jams, syrups and soups or just left on the plant as winter food for birds.
Make us swoon with your rose-inspired photos!
Cameras at the ready, our February 2013 photo competition is open!
And as it's February, the month of romance, the theme is simply:
But don't let that force you down the path of the traditional single red bloom – let your creativity loose! We'd love to see a variety of colour, form and composition.
The closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday 24 January 2013. The three winners will be contacted via email, including their prize voucher code, by Thursday 31 January.
As before we have three prizes to give away!