Autumn’s colourful cloak diminishes with every chilly gust, sending blazing leaves swirling on the breeze, while down below, diamond lilies sparkle and spring bulbs begin their slow march to glory, sending out roots into the cold earth.
It may feel like the year is drawing to a close, but there’s still one or two really worthwhile jobs to be doing in the garden. Those autumn leaves make a wonderful addition to …Read More
I really love to get outside this time of year, the cutting back can be done, and unlike the summer months, it isn’t a mammoth task to keep on top of. The bird feeders are always in need of a top-up and there are only a few weeds to keep at bay, enough pottering to give you some fresh air without getting frost bite, ( I hate the cold). With …Read More
“Oh so you’ve done the Chelsea Chop have you?” – accompanied by a knowing nod of approval and a slight air of smugness. It’s one of those gardening rites of passage, a little piece of jargon that makes those in the know feel just a little wiser than the rest.
It’s nothing to do with illicit substances or even anything vaguely highfalutin’ – merely a seasonal shearing of some of May’s …Read More
I have a confession to make. As a ‘professional gardener’ I haven’t used good old-fashioned farmyard manure in years. No trailers of stinky muck have been deposited on the driveway, there have been no sorties to stables with a shovel.
Now, if you read old gardening books this would be something of a heresy. After all, I love growing vegetables and roses. Victorian gardeners used to order manure not by the …Read More
After a week’s holiday I strutted around the garden on Sunday like a horticultural Victor Meldrew. Having said that, the cries of “I don’t BELIEEEEVE IT!” were generally ones of happiness rather than exasperation and despair. Pots of crocus (the sublime ‘Zwanenburg Bronze’) that I thought had come up blind were flowering at full throttle, showing their deep gold and bronze faces to the spring sunshine. Broad beans on the …Read More
January, named from the two-headed Roman god Janus who looks both forwards and backwards, is a great time to take stock in the garden. The leaves are down, everything that dies back has done so by now and the garden is at its absolute barest – all the strengths and weaknesses of its design will be at their most obvious. Take a moment to look out from various different windows …Read More
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
Follow this month by month ‘What to do’ and look forward to a beautiful lawn.
A relatively quiet month regarding lawn maintenance. Couple of jobs can be done – raking up fallen leaves and debris and looking for any worm casts that can be brushed off the lawn. If you have a problem with moss or worm casts apply an application of sulphate of iron. However try not to walk on the …Read More
Never try to free a jammed blade on a cylinder mower or clean out the build-up of clippings on the underside of the canopy of a rotary one while the power is on, and the engine is running (unless of course, you feel some of your ten fingers are surplus to requirements).
How to mow: It may seem unnecessary to mention this, but the only way to use a mower is …Read More