Guest Blogger – Geoff Stonebanks, Driftwood Garden.

Back in March this year I was approached by Rachel Morgan from Bakker’s  marketing department and asked if I wanted them to run a competition for my many Twitter followers. Not really sure what it would involve I said why not. Little did I know how successful it would be for Bakker, myself and the lucky winner of the £50 box of goodies, Jane Rogers!

Nor did I realise too that …Read More

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Strong with the wind!

January 2015 has brought with it the strongest winds we have seen in the UK for quite some time! Now, don’t get me wrong, I would prefer this to the cold white stuff any day. However, our gardens can really suffer if we don’t take some temporary measures to minimize the damage from this blustery pest.

There are so many products on the market to protect plants and tree’s from the …Read More

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The Chelsea Chop

“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

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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

Gardening in June

Gardening in June

Those of us who are old enough will always remember 1976 as the year of the long, hot summer.   Similarly, we will no doubt remember 2013 as the summer that never was.   The temperature in our garden this morning (Midsummer’s Day) is a mere 16°C, well below the average, but we must at least be thankful for the fact that yesterday’s icy, howling gale has died down, so it feels …Read More