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June Garden Tips

In the pink, magenta splatter and purple haze of colour.  After the dulcet tints of Spring, the flowers that herald Summer ramp up intensity in colour saturation. Lovely and reliable perennials shine out in [...]

June Garden Tips2017-06-02T12:08:12+00:00

June Garden Tips

Buzz Buzz Buzz -  listen to the sounds of bees working hard while you lie on the grass and stare at the sky. Try to provide flowers for bees all year round, also have a [...]

June Garden Tips2017-04-03T08:48:26+00:00

July Garden Tips

Resilience:  Within the last seven days it has been both too hot and too cold.  Big fluctuations in temperature affect small seedlings adversely, then the slugs move in.  The peas and broad beans I planted [...]

July Garden Tips2017-06-30T13:41:13+00:00

June Garden Tips

June is the centre of the year - the pivot. After the rush of spring growth, the season tips in to a lazier mood. This May has been phenomenally warm and dry. The reservoirs are [...]

June Garden Tips2018-06-04T15:04:34+00:00

July Garden Tips

Slide into full summer: Flaming June has been and gone. Sizzling July has arrived with no sign of a break in the weather. There is a decided shortage of the wet stuff. We in north-western [...]

July Garden Tips2018-07-02T12:11:35+00:00

July Garden Tips

Shady favourites: white and blue flowers to glow in low evening light.  Shade in this case means protected from the sun during most of the day; under the canopy of large trees, or in the [...]

July Garden Tips2017-04-03T08:48:26+00:00

July Garden Tips

July is a proper summer month.  There should be a high hot sun bringing out the scents of flowers and foliage. If it rains, that too brings out that unique smell of grass and leaves.  [...]

July Garden Tips2017-04-03T08:48:27+00:00

August Garden Tips

Fruits of August:  The earliest apples are crunchy, juice and sharp.  They don’t keep for long, best to eat them straight from the tree.  ‘Discovery’ is a favourite  being the first and most reliable.  Colour [...]

August Garden Tips2017-04-03T08:48:27+00:00

August Garden Tips

Now is the time to turn away from the bright colourful attention seekers of our garden - I’m talking about flowers - and to give serious consideration to the supporting chorus, without which those divas [...]

August Garden Tips2018-07-31T16:07:52+00:00

September Garden Tips

September and October are the unsung heroes of the flowering season.  So many of our favourite hardy plants come into flower now, sometimes for the second time.  Hydrangeas, their colours gradually changing with great subtlety, [...]

September Garden Tips2017-04-03T08:48:27+00:00

October Garden Tips

October is good month for visiting gardens open to the public for inspiration, as many border perennials will continue to flower, grasses are looking at their tawny best and trees large and small put on [...]

October Garden Tips2018-10-02T11:05:05+00:00

October Garden Tips

Blazing October:  And it’s not just about leaf colour; many shrubs and herbaceous plants continue giving of their best all through the month and on until nipped by the first wintery weather.  Michaelmas daisies have [...]

October Garden Tips2017-04-03T08:48:26+00:00

November Garden Tips

Honeysuckle berries, good for birds, toxic for people. Berries galore!  Berries are the jewelled decorations of the garden in November.  They also provide a feast for birds.  Garden-worthy hedgerow natives include honeysuckle, sloes, [...]

November Garden Tips2017-04-03T08:48:27+00:00
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