Dazzle with daffodils

Golden daffodils “fluttering and dancing in the breeze” was the awesome sight that so inspired William Wordsworth to write his famous poem “Daffodils”. The cheery sight of these jaunty flowers “filled his heart with pleasure”, a sentiment that is shared by millions of gardeners each spring that have had the good sense to plant the Read More

Get to know this onion!

Alliums are the shining stars of the garden and their flamboyant flowers are one of the most talked about plants at the Chelsea Flower Show, which is held in late May. Every year gardeners are bowled over by their architectural qualities and beauty. They fit into every kind of planting scheme, from wild meadows and Read More

Timely jobs for the month | September

Keep your late summer gaden going strong Revive fading borders with Daylilies and for smouldering late summer borders plant Heleniums, which come in a range of colours from deep red to pale yellow including blends, stripes and bands of colour and plants will continue flowering until the end of October. Plant Michaelmas daisies en masse for impact Read More

Timely jobs for the month | August

Be ready to harvest what’s ripe and ready Take your vegetable basket out daily to collect fresh lettuces, beans, potatoes and peas for family meals. Harvest courgettes every three or four days. Pick them whilst the fruits are small and before the skins become hard and they will keep on cropping until the frosts wipe Read More

Timely jobs for the month | July

Eat your flowerbeds There are many edible flowers, which can be used to add a splash of colour to summer salads or used to decorate cakes. Make sure they are clean and have not been sprayed with chemicals. And if you’re unsure, get advice to check that the pretty flowers are definitely non-toxic. You can Read More

Timely jobs for the month | June

Grow soft fruit and enjoy the sweet taste of summer  Enjoy fresh ‘home grown’ gooseberries, red and white currants, raspberries and strawberries are the perfect way to round off a summer meal. You won’t even have to replace your lawn with row upon row of bushes, as in a small garden you can dot them Read More

Timely jobs for the month | May

Birdsong, spring blossom and sunshine lift the heart The eagerly awaited explosion of frothy cherry blossom cannot fail to raise the spirits and not least because it is a sure sign that summer is just around the corner. Japanese cherries come in all shapes and sizes so can be squeezed into the tiniest border or Read More

Timely jobs for the month | April

2018 is the Year of the Pepper 2018, has been designated by Fleuroselect, ‘The Year of the Pepper’. You can sow pepper and chilli seeds on a warm windowsill – it takes 14-21 days for them to sprout but at temperatures of 18-25C seeds this can be reduced to 7-10 days. Once they sprout treat Read More

Timely jobs for the month | March

Plant for instant flower power! Containers allow you to exploit every inch of outdoor space. They can be perched on a window ledge, used to decorate your doorstep and hung on walls, as well as cleverly arranged on the patio, so what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to be inspired by what the Read More