Tulip Mania Continues

Our tulip mania continues – Adrian and I have been so in awe of our tulips this year that we feel we must do a follow up on our last tulip blog and share some photos with you. The colours, shapes and sizes have all been utterly outstanding, you just want them to keep on flowering. It’s almost difficult to decide whether some of them are peonies or they really …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

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

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Spring Flowering Bulbs – Narcissi/Daffodils

Daffodils/Narcissi are one of the most popular spring flowering bulbs.  My daffodils and narcissi this spring have been amazing – blankets of colour! I love them, they are always cheerful looking and brighten up any part of the garden and they are also great for tubs on the patio. The advantage of these lovely flowers is that they naturalise and reappear the following spring.
Today was such a beautiful day so …Read More

Muck & Magic

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

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

I’m excited. A big box has appeared from Spalding Plant & Bulb Company containing all manner of interesting and exciting things, not least of which are some packets of tomato seed. The gardening season is under way and I’m itching to get going.
First, a confession. Cabbages, onions, swedes… there’s a lot of traditional veg I really can’t be bothered to grow. They’re cheap to buy and to my mind taste …Read More

Cooking with fresh basil

Basil is the common name for the herb Ocimum basilicum and one of the most widely-used herbs in the world, from pesto to pasta sauces, basil runs the kitchen. It is usually used at the last moment of cooking, as cooking it quickly destroys its flavour. Being a common household herb we thought we would share three delicious recipes with you, a luxurious starter, main course and a dessert using fresh …Read More

Q&A - Question & Answer about gardening

Facebook Q&A with Gareth Richards – 14-02-14

Q: Clare Madderson – Hi Spalding me again. I have 15 pots in my front garden, a lot are covered in moss etc, would it be best to put fresh soil in each of them to start again, and also the bulbs that are in there i.e snowdrops etc, can I just transfer them to the new soil? Thank you.
 Hi Clare, yes, it’s generally best to use fresh compost in your …Read More