How to Start a Vertical Garden

If you have limited space for a garden at home but you do have a blank wall or fence that needs some life adding to it, then you should think about creating a vertical garden. It doesn’t matter how big or small an area you have, this type of garden can be versatile in its design, both in size and plants. Similarly, people create vertical gardens when they haven’t got …Read More

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Bakker’s Top 10 for Spring 2018!

Who wouldn’t want some extraordinary bulbs ready to spice up your spring?
Here we have our top ten, chosen for a long display of colour, vigour and fun!
Every bulb offers something different! They will certainly stand out in the spring sunshine. With a wide variety of colour, shapes and sizes, they really are perfect to be planted in your borders, patio pots and homes!
There are so many spring bulbs to choose …Read More

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Spring and Summer Sunny Sensation

In the middle of April Adrian and I spent an industrious afternoon planting bulbs and are now enjoying what we hope will be the beginning of our flower festival. The first to flower is the Ismene ‘Sulphur Queen’, with rather unique looking flowers in yellow and green. The yellow flowers fade to almost white at the edges and have a lovely striped green throat. Such an intriguing flower with a …Read More

Basil

Herbtastic!

There is something really satisfying about growing your own herbs. A cheeky snip of home grown basil, chives, mint or coriander into a lovingly prepared dish adds a level of completeness you just can’t achieve from a jar of dried stuff you bought a couple of years ago and found at the back of the cupboard.
Growing herbs is so simple, and the results are fantastically effortless. Who can resist a …Read More

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To Pot Or Not To Pot?

“Can I grow it in a pot?” is possibly the gardening question I get asked most frequently of all. As gardens get ever-smaller and people get ever more keen to do a bit of grow-your-own, patio plots become ever more popular.

There are plenty of reasons why growing vegetables and fruit in pots makes sense. Not only can you fit more in to a tiny space, but growing in pots …Read More

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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

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New Year, New Beginnings

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

Patio

Pretty-up your patio – Gardening with Daphne Ledward

We spend a lot of time (and money) landscaping the garden, but when it comes to the patio, it can be a pretty bleak and utilitarian feature.   Attractive furniture helps a lot to improve its appearance, but, above all, some decent containers of plants will lift it from the mundane to the stylish. Bedding plants are a quick and easy option, but if you haven’t time for a twice-yearly re-plant, …Read More