Views from the Greenhouse

Good Bulbs, Weather and Company

What more can you ask for on a Saturday afternoon? Adrian and I have been planning a get together for planting and today’s the day. Our order from Bakker Spalding has arrived and we are eager to get started. Such a great feeling to get back into the gardening mode after the cold winter days.
Sleeves already rolled up but before we start we’ll spend a little time drinking coffee and …Read More

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Watery Wisdom

The change over the last month on the allotment has been incredible. Where before was bare soil and neat little rows of seedlings there’s now a lush jungle. My sweetcorn plants have turned from squat little tufts of green into strapping great monsters taller than I am and the squashes have grown two feet in a week!

I love July – it’s the moment when you begin to lose control. The …Read More

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The War On Slugs – Part 2

Following on from last week’s guide to mollusc-bashing, here are some more ways to banish slugs from your garden.
The War on Slugs has three fronts. The chemical (poisoning with pellets), the physical (barriers and traps) and biological (employing slug-eating animals).
This week it’s the turn of the physical. Physical barrier methods rely on making the surfaces around the plant difficult or unpleasant for the slug to cross. Based on personal experience …Read More

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The War On Slugs – Part 1

Slugs, the one thing all gardeners can agree on. The bêtes noires of borders from Brighton to Birmingham? Right? Well, no, actually…
Here in the UK we have around 30 native species of slug, of which only four are pests. Who’d have thought these slimy critters came in so much variety? Some such as the almost-pretty leopard slug don’t eat live plants at all, instead preferring to eat other slugs and …Read More

Tulips (the meaning of tulips – Perfect Love)

We’ve got Tulip mania – Adrian and I love them and really wished we had planted more last autumn. We are spoilt for choice with just so many varieties in such a wide range of colours and shapes – all of which are a must for any style of garden. Even the leaves of some varieties are very eye-catching with contrasting stripes.  And what we like about tulips is that …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

Q&A - Question & Answer about gardening

Facebook Q&A with Gareth Richards – 28-03-14

Q: Samantha Carmichael – Hydrangea that never flowers – help! Where do I clip it and when/is there anything I can do? One is three years old and the other is five. Thanks.
A: Hi Samantha – try giving your hydrangea a feed (universal feed, or a high potash fertiliser such as bonfire ash – have a look at this blog post for more info on feeding plants, and don’t prune it for …Read More

Spring Garden Flowers

Eager for Spring to Start!

With all the bad weather around we were very lucky in this corner of the UK to enjoy a relatively dry weekend. After all the wet and cold weather I felt a sense of freedom when I was wandering around my garden looking for signs of spring.  I found the occasional beautiful blue anemone blanda in flower (always a favourite of mine) and the arrival of a few snowdrops showing …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