Loveable lupins

The Chelsea Flower Show is a floral feast and smells divine and for the last few years, the star performers have been alliums. This year lupins have stolen the crown and the mood seems to have moved away from naturalistic planting to more of romantic, country garden style. The peppery scent of lupins is one Read More

Reignite the romance

If your relationship has taken a bit of battering in recent years then I suggest that you turn to your garden, as it will help heal the rifts and especially if you design and plant it together. Gardening will also give your serotonin or happy hormone levels a boost making you both emotionally stronger and Read More

Grow summer scent

Apart from showy plants, a garden needs to satisfy the strongest and most mysterious of our sensual pleasures – our sense of smell, which is linked directly by the brain to our emotions. There are plenty of seductive plants that are hard to resist and because of their timeless appeal, most are filled with a Read More

10 of my favourite plants

When it comes to picking plants to grow, it pays to visit the garden centre regularly from Easter to autumn and check on-line, mail order suppliers for the newest and most impressive-looking plants. Garden Shows like the Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live and others (visit Read More

Going up!

When there’s little or no room left in the ground it’s time to grow vertical and put your gardening efforts ‘upwards’ by planting walls and filling air space with arches and pergolas dripping with climbers. You can also wake up bare walls and instantly change the look of your house and outbuildings with trendy wall planters Read More

Eat your flowerbeds!

Do your flowerbeds look good enough to eat? Well if you’ve grown the right plants they could well provide a meal or two! Many of the popular flowers we grow are edible and can be used to add colourful garnishes to summer salads and cocktails or put a bit of zing into your favourite recipes. Read More

Flowers for Easter

Easter is both a religious and celebration that spring has arrived. The time when we are reminded that new life is all around us, from playful lambs and birds nesting and singing to trees bursting into leaf. Spring flowers are also starting to bloom, so it’s no wonder that we find ourselves in the mood Read More

Graham’s Lenten Rose challenge

Coinciding with Lent and the build up to Easter celebrations, Graham Strong and his wife Sally have been rummaging through the masses of Lenten roses that they have planted in their garden hoping to find that they have a new, highly prized hybrid that they can dig up and divide and maybe share with friends Read More

Wake up call for bees

Without our gardens, many bees would starve when they wake up early in the year, as they need a ready supply of open flowers, with easy access to pollen and nectar. First bees to appear are the large queens of the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris. You’ll likely come across them still looking a bit drowsy on Read More

DIY compost – it’s as simple as ABC are working with councils across the UK to deliver great value compost bins, water butts and more to help you, so make your mantra this year “recycle and reuse”. Garantia Thermo-King compost bins are easy to fill and make speedy compost – cost for 600L size is around £65 Turning garden waste into Read More