What to do this week

Ah the joys of spring – seedlings bursting forth, bulbs flowering and a cacophony of birdsong – all of which for me tends to bring a mix of heady optimism and mild panic. It’s such a busy time of year –  I always wish April was twice as long! Where to start? Based on past experience (both successes and regrets), here’s my April ‘bucket list’:

Plant summer bulbs – …Read More

Cactus Dahlia

Delightful dahlias (and how to grow them)

I bloody love dahlias, I really do. I’ve just said that to myself in a heavy Birmingham accent and smiled inside – reminding myself happy days working for Gardeners’ World during the time it was made at BBC Birmingham. Our producer was a mad keen dahlia fan (he’s now written a book) and the show’s garden at that time, Berryfields, always featured plenty of these bold, exotic flowers.

The ‘Brummie’ sense …Read More

Cactus Dahlia

Happy 70th birthday Bakker Spalding!

So our lovely company reaches the grand old age of 70. Which got me thinking, what was the gardening world like in 1945 when the company was born?
As Europe rose from the ashes of war, destruction was apparent in every part of life, from ravaged cities to stately homes turned over to emergency military hospitals – not even plant nurseries escaped the carnage. The commercial cultivation of ornamental plants had …Read More

A Good Idea for your Spalding Dahlias

Annie and I like to visit gardens throughout the summer. Everything from stately homes through to neighbours gardens here in Spalding. No matter where we go we find ideas and inspiration which we can use for our own gardening.

The other day we visited Houghton Hall, near Kings Lynn in Norfolk. Built in the 1720’s by Sir Robert Walpole it is one of England’s finest Palladian houses. It is also a …Read More


A Cut Above

A recent visit to Devon to see my parents provided the ideal opportunity to do a bit of what I call ‘titivating’ – those light garden jobs that aren’t too strenuous. Deadheading being a prime example – a delightful way to spend a summer’s evening, enjoying the garden while doing something to improve it.
Plants such as dahlias and sweet peas benefit enormously from having their spent flowers removed because it …Read More


Light Up Your Garden With Summer Bulbs

Where would we be in spring without bulbs? No daffodils, tulips or hyacinths… it just wouldn’t be the same. But don’t forget, you can plant bulbs now too for quick and easy summer flowers.
Summer bulbs are one of the most sure-fire ways to inject a splash of colour into your garden. The reason they’re a good bet is that someone else has done a year or two’s work looking after …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