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The Chelsea Flower Show

An Enjoyable Day at Chelsea Flower Show! Last year Adrian went off to the Chelsea Flower Show and left me behind – this year it was the reverse, I went off and left Adrian behind. My friend Liz and myself both being keen gardeners were very excited about the day ahead of us until we were travelling through London in a coach with the weather looking anything but friendly. Thunder above us, …Read More

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Butterflies & Bees in Your Garden

We all love to see butterflies and bees in the garden – but do we actually think about how best to encourage them into your garden?
It really is quite simple – you just have to give a little thought into which plants are best for attracting them. In fact Spalding Plant and Bulb Co. have made it even easier for you by putting together the following packs:

Plants for Butterflies
We don’t …Read More

Summer Bulbs Gardening Webshop

Our Top 5 Summer Flowering Bulbs!

It is still far from being a summer, but it’s always good to think ahead.  And with the new range in our web shop we get are already looking forward to it! Have you looked around your garden and started planning for your 2104 summer garden? Are there any changes you want to make? Perhaps you can use some inspiration. Especially for you we have our top 5 summer bulb …Read More

Garden Winter Tips

In Due Season – December

Most of the work suggested for November can continue through December as long as the weather does not deteriorate. Seed catalogues will usually arrive this month, so you can sort out next year’s orders.
Request our catalogue now!

Cover any plants arriving in bad weather with sacking in a shed or garage till conditions improve.
Do not forget to knock the snow off evergreens and make a hole in the ice on …Read More

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The ‘Green’ Gardener part 2

Indigenous wildflowers are vital to the ecology of an area, not just for their attractive appearance, but because they are host plants to many species of butterfly and moth. It is not easy to give over all or part of your garden to their cultivation though, as you will often see recommended. There is much more to growing wildflowers than scattering a few packets of seed or allowing the weeds …Read More

The ‘Green’ Gardener

It cannot have escaped your notice that ‘environmentally friendly’ is the phrase of the moment. Green is the ‘in’ colour, whether it be in relationship to cleaning products, constructional materials or horticulture.
Nowhere has this desire for a greener, more pleasant land had more effect than on the world of gardening. Most people are more aware of potential damage to the environment and are anxious for remedies causing as little harm …Read More

The Water Saving Garden part 2

If seeing your lawn turn straw-like every time the temperature rises and rainfall drops off worries you, you may be happier replacing it with gravel or paving. Paving a sunny spot will make the area even hotter, and this will have an effect on the plants you choose in the vicinity. If you cannot live without a lawn, a very high-grade mix will usually recover better after drought than an …Read More

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The water saving garden

Most gardens can be modified to use much less water than they already do. There are many ways to make a garden much more thrifty where supplementary watering is concerned. How many of these ideas are necessary depends very much on geographical location and temporary climatic conditions, but there are few gardens which would not benefit in some way from at least one of these ideas. Remember, too, that cutting …Read More

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In Due Season – November

This is the month of clearing and planting. In all parts of the garden, move spent plantings and crops and compost or burn. Cut-down dead perennials and shred the prunings. Sweep up and collect leaves.
Many gardeners prefer to do the bulk of their rose pruning this month and in all but the very coldest parts of the country, if you want to leave the garden as tidy as possible for …Read More

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Suitable plants for container planting

Shrubs for permanent planting in medium and large tubs

Top fruit on dwarfing rootstocks. Not very windy sites.
Small acer (maple) species. Not very windy sites.
Aucuba (spotted laurel).
Bay {Laurus nobilis).
Berberis (barberry).
Camellias. Cool sites, ericaceous compost and lime-free water needed, not for exposed positions.
Ceanothus (Californian lilac). Not very windy sites.
Choisya ternata (Mexican orange blossom). Not very windy sites.
Cistus (sun rose). Not very windy sites.
Cotoneaster.
Daphne. Not cold or windy sites.
Elaeagnus (oleaster).
Escallonia. Not cold sites.
Euonymus …Read More