January Garden Tips

Pulmonaria rubra Mild:  Due to the late arrival of winter there have been some unseasonal spring flowers appearing during December.  Pulmonaria rubra is always early, but I’ve never seen it before Christmas, exchorda, [...]

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

March Garden Tips

There is general surprise in the media about the weather, March, they say, March is the beginning of Spring! This isn’t anybody’s idea of Spring. But looking back at my photos, there have been quite [...]

March Garden Tips2018-03-05T12:49:34+00:00

March Garden Tips

Cornus mas Flowers! Colour! Scent!  Even though it’s freezing cold the days are getting longer and the landscape is no longer uniformly grey and brown. There are shrubs and bulbs doing their thing:  [...]

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

April Garden Tips

Narcissus poeticus Scents in April: There may be the occasional warm day - it is possible.  Warmth brings out the first scented flowers of the year, which are so welcome and so enjoyable, [...]

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

April Garden Tips

“The force that through the green fuse drives the flower” It is hard to believe but in a matter of days, leaves will be unfurling, birds nesting, bulbs and shrubs flowering and seeds germinating. [...]

April Garden Tips2018-04-01T13:56:55+00:00

May Garden Tips

Spring is so unpredictable; rain, sun wind, hail, thunder, rainbows, some warm days - some cold nights. The sun comes out, we put out the deck chairs, the sun goes behind a cloud and the [...]

May Garden Tips2018-05-04T16:56:59+00:00

May Garden Tips

Smells and Grace: Those of us who are lucky enough to garden on acid soil can grow some rather brilliant plants.  I turn my attention particularly to scented Rhododendrons, I don’t just mean the deciduous varieties [...]

May Garden Tips2017-05-09T11:18:11+00:00

May Garden Tips

Apple blossom A touch of frothy blossom to welcome in the month of May.  Flowering is late here in the top half of the country, the year has been cold so far.  Flowering [...]

May Garden Tips2017-04-03T08:48:28+00:00

June Garden Tips

Aquilegia 'Pink Barlow' June. lovely June. With a bit of warmth, which surely must be coming, June is the month of roses and clematis and early herbaceous such as aquilegias and geraniums plus [...]

June Garden Tips2017-04-03T08:48:27+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

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
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