Split Corona Narcissus

360 extravagance!

On first inspection you may wonder why you have been gifted a box of tissues – for the packaging of these supersized bulbs is often akin to our nasal wiping friends’ holder. But fear not, for this parcel is Pandora at her brightest.

Amaryllis (or Hippeastrum to give them their correct botanical name) are the Cartier of the horticultural jewels. Rather like diamond from carbon, comes 360 extravagance from a dull …Read More


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
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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

How to plant up tubs, troughs and other containers (including solid hanging baskets and pots)

If you are only using your container for a temporary display — for example, summer bedding and winter/spring bedding (not hanging pots for the latter), a good soil-less compost will be quite adequate. In a reasonably large tub, or whatever, you can usually get two consecutive plantings from one fill-up of compost — say, a spring bedding scheme of wallflowers and bulbs followed by a summer one of geraniums, French …Read More

Wall Containers

Wall containers

Again, there is a wide choice available and while it is possible to improvise by screwing or suspending plastic food containers and the like on the wall, much more of the receptacle can be seen than in the case of those which stand on the ground, and improvised ones can look rather shoddy so it is perhaps better not to spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar.

Containers suitable for …Read More


The Invisible Garden continued

Mobile homes
Some sites allocate a small amount of garden per unit, but if the site owner or local authority prefers the public open-plan approach to the overall landscaping, there is usually still enough space around the home – on the paths, sitting-out areas, etc., to grow a wide range of plants in containers. Some mobile home manufacturers actually incorporate window boxes or other planting areas into their designs. The walls …Read More


The Invisible Garden

Unless you are an obsessive plantsman, or want to spend every waking minute in an intimate relationship with the soil — and if you are, you would not have needed this blog in the first place — there is no need to feel deprived if you have, or intend to have, a home with no garden in the accepted sense.
As living space in the twentieth century has become increasingly at …Read More


In Due Season – October

The ornamental garden. This is mainly a month to continue those jobs started last month – dividing and replanting herbaceous perennials, taking up old bedding plants and replacing with biennials and spring bedding plants, and removing tender perennials to the protection of the greenhouse.
Lift dahlias and gladioli corms – hang upside down to dry before cleaning them, dip in fungicide: dry off thoroughly and store in a cool, dry place.
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Siting the shed

The same regulations apply for sheds as for greenhouses. Usually you do not need permission unless the structure is very large, but it is as well to check. It is also wise to consult your landlord if you are in rented accommodation (or the freeholder if you do not own the freehold), especially if your property is owned by the local authority, as some are not too keen on sheds …Read More


Looking after the greenhouse

What you do regarding the cultivation of individual plants will largely depend on type and variety, but there are general rules of maintenance which will apply in most cases. If the greenhouse is constructed of timber, make sure it is regularly treated or painted.
Always keep the glass clean outside and in, especially in winter when light is at a premium. Dirty glass can considerably reduce the amount of light reaching the …Read More