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
Fishing some rubbish out of the pond on my allotment a couple of weeks ago I was surprised to see what I thought were three small fish in the bottom of the net… and then even more surprised when I realised they had legs.
“Oh My God, newts!”, I muttered to no-one in particular, beaming like an idiot. The allotment pond, you see, is not a thing of beauty, its battered …Read More
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
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
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
February is a cruel month. More often than not (and I have a feeling that this year will be no exception) it taunts us with promise – buds bursting, early bulbs poking through the soil, a few sunny Sundays. We think that spring is finally underway – only to have a week of snow flung in our hopeful faces.
Time then to banish winter blues, retreat to the fireside with a …Read More
Cooking with fresh rosemary? Rosemary is considered one of the main herbs in Mediterranean cuisine. This herb is used in marinades for meat and fish. But did you know that you can also use it in a homemade dessert? Rosemary is very popular for cooking, so we thought we would show two delicious recipes, a luxurious main course and a dessert using fresh rosemary.
Rosemary pork roast
500 gr pork roast
6 …Read More
Indigenous wildflowers are vital to the ecology of an area, not just for their attractive appearance, but because they are host plants to many species of butterfly and moth. It is not easy to give over all or part of your garden to their cultivation though, as you will often see recommended. There is much more to growing wildflowers than scattering a few packets of seed or allowing the weeds …Read More
Generally speaking, container growing is a water-extravagant form of gardening as most plants grown in containers dry out much faster than if they were planted direct into the garden soil. On the other hand, ornamental tubs and the like can be a very attractive feature of a garden. If for one reason or another containers are essential, use as large ones as possible, fill with soil-based compost, and incorporate water-retaining …Read More
Our customer service advisors have informed us that recently they have had enquiries from some of our customers about gardening on sandy soil (also known as light soil).
The advantages of sandy soil:
The soil is porous – porous soils are well aerated, therefore excess water drains easily avoiding water logged roots. Sandy soil is also easy to work with.
The soil is often poor in minerals and can often be very …Read More