Visit, GYO and taste the joy of Colombia

Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city, used to be known for its drug trade and astronomical murder rate. No more. It has renounced its title as ‘Most Violent City in the World’ and is now one of the world’s holiday hot spots and in 2018 was listed in the top 10 of the best places to Read More

Prime time for primulas

Spring is prime time for primulas so use them in abundance to instantly bring the garden to life. Primroses especially are ideal for brightening up dead zones such as shady spots and damp patches. The wild primros, Primula vulgaris produces delicately scented, pretty pale yellow flowers with a deep yellow eye and reliably appears from January Read More

Hot trend! – Plant purple flowers

Every year the trendsetters inspire us with colour themes and ideas to provide a spark that ignites our creative juices. In 2018 it was all about purple, or so say colour experts Pantone, announced Purple to be the colour of the year for 2018. You can give your garden a quick makeover with some of Read More

Make money from your plot

Put your garden to work this year and you could be making some extra cash by selling off your surplus plants and produce. Dig and divide For very little effort you can £££s from your plot by digging up expanding clumps snowdrops, lily of the valley, herbs and cottage garden plants. To divide congested plants, using Read More

Let it snow…

Snowdrops are early risers and the Hiemalis group of elwesii varieties reliably put in an appearance even before Christmas! With careful selection it’s also possible to have a snowy carpet running through your flowerbeds from January through to mid-March. Galanthus nivalis, the British native species, is the best snowdrop to grow to give a snowy Read More

Hooked on Hellebores

A favourite image on Christmas cards is the Christmas Rose or Helleborus niger, which is also known as the Black Hellebore. You might think that is a bit of a cheat, in much the same way as it reliably snowing on Christmas Day, as this iconic flower usually peaks in the New Year. The only Read More

Feline-friendly, no-stain lilies

While the dark pollen on lilies can look beautiful, especially against pure white and pale coloured flowers, you want to avoid brushing against it, as it will stain. To avoid complaints from customers, florists often remove the pollen entirely, by gently pulling each pollen-loaded anther off the stamen. To remove any pollen that gets on Read More

Plant these bulbs double quick!

Certain speciality bulbs must be planted immediately after purchase and not only should these bulbs be planted immediately but they should also be purchased early too, otherwise, they will dry out and deteriorate. This applies to all varieties of Erythronium or dog’s-tooth violet, Corydalis, Fritillaria and the rhizome-forming Anemones such as Anemone nemorosa and Anemone Read More

Tulip bulbs for feasts of famine?

It was a revelation to me to discover that tulip bulbs are edible, as I’ve always thought they are poisonous! Ben Ungermann, runner up in the 2017 Masterchef Australia competition showed off his Dutch heritage in the finals cooking up a feast, which included tulip bulbs as a side dish to his cinder fillet of Read More

Grow heavenly lilies

Generally lilies are best planted in the autumn when the bulbs are at their peak, although they can also be planted in spring and especially in areas with particularly harsh winters, which gives them time to establish before summer. Lilies tend to bloom from early summer to autumn, depending on the type. By carefully blending early, mid-season, and late varieties Read More