28 February 2017
March sees the start of spring and it’s an exciting time in the garden. Getting a good start to your gardening now will make it a lot easier later on in the year.
Spring bulbs will be starting to grow, and to ensure that they do well over the coming years give them a feed with a granular plant food while they are actively growing.
01 February 2017
This year the weather has been all over the place ranging from freezing to wet and mile. What you can do in the garden in February will be very much dictated by the temperature. Cold weather will delay the growth of plants whereas the warm wet weather as we have had will continue to bring plants forward.
01 January 2017
With the year in front of us, gardeners can dream about what they want their garden to look like in the coming year and to plan to make it come through. Do you want to grow more vegetables? Have you enjoyed picking and eating the fruit from your garden? Do you want to have more colours within your borders? Do you like pottering about in your greenhouse? Take time to write down what you want to achieve, visit the garden centre and ask for advice on what you need to do to reach your objectives. Decide if you want to grow your plants from seed or if you want to wait till later for the small plants grown in plugs.
01 December 2016
The Garden in December
As we come to the end of the year it’s a good time to take a few minutes to write down the successes and failures you’ve had this season and to note any lessons learned. Use a diary to note not only the actions that are topical, but also the things that have gone and those that haven’t in 2015.
29 October 2016
November is the ideal time to plant new shrubs and trees, as well as to move existing ones in the garden. The soil is still relatively warm which encourages newly planted shrubs to make fresh roots so that the plant becomes well established before the spring.
01 October 2016
October can be blessed with some pleasant days mixed with wet and windy weather. It’s a time to assess what’s done well in the garden and what hasn’t, and to plan what you want to change for next year. With the soil still warm and moist from the summer it’s a great time to be planting new perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as starting to move those plants that have outgrown their current positions.
29 August 2016
September is often blessed with warm days, even an Indian summers but can be accompanied with cold clear nights. Autumn is just around the corner and rain can be very much a feature of this time of year.
If there are gaps in the garden there is still plenty of colour available in the outdoor plant sales area of the centres,..
29 July 2016
After all the hard work of the spring August has to be one of the months to really enjoy the garden and hopefully the weather will favour us. Get the garden furniture out and plan a few barbeques with family and friends
There are a few jobs to do of course – one of which is pruning Wisteria. One of the keys to ensuring lots of flower is correct pruning. Wisterias are pruned twice a year, at this time of year and again in January and February.
26 June 2016
While all the wet weather we have had this year has made it difficult to enjoy the garden there is no doubt that the plants have grown really well, and the flower on most plants has been exceptional.
27 May 2016
June brings warm sunny days with beautiful long evenings – ideal for making the most of the garden. It’s time to dust down the garden furniture, make sure the barbeque is in full working order and invite your friends over.
Now is the time to plant out summer bedding. If you have gaps in your borders plant geraniums to give colour through the summer. Give colour to your patio area by planting up pots and containers. Don’t forget to make hanging baskets as well