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This Weeks Top Ten ………

  Top Ten Gardening Tips for the week ahead…………….. Time to buy your summer bedding plants. Apply a mulch to bare areas of earth to hold in moisture and suppress…

 
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Blooming Frames!

Last Saturday I had some free time (which is unusual!) and I thought, “I know, a visit to a garden!” However the power of Facebook and a message form Steve…

 
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Planting Lilies in Pots

Planting Lilies in Pots   This is the time of the year to plant Lilies in containers. Almost all Lilies grow well in containers, and a really good way to display…

 
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50 Sheds of Grey!

  Well it is the week after Valentines Day and there has been a lot about “that” Film!! The novel Fifty Shades Of Grey has seduced women – and baffled blokes. I’m…

 
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James Wong

Hi I am interviewing James Wong next week. Do you have any questions for him? I have one…..  apparently Saffron has the same effect as Viagra! I just want to…

 
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What do you get if you cross a Brussels Sprout & Kale?

Answer = A Kalette Kalettes, the product of a marriage between Brussels sprouts and kale, are an exciting new vegetable — the first to be introduced in about two decades….

 
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Eranthus hyemalis

Eranthus hyemalis Its common name is “Winter Aconite” almost the first yellow flower out in the winter. The flowers are sensitive to warmth, so at temperatures over 50 F they…

 
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Spring has Sprung!

Snowdrops     Hardy bulbs bursting through the cold soil in January is a sure sign that spring is on its way. Snowdrops or “Galanthus” its Latin name are amazing….

 
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Frosty Weather

Over the holiday period us gardeners if we had any sense stayed inside but whilst we were inside the garden was still growing.  Even the frost is good for the…

 
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What To Do in the Garden on a Frosty Day

What To Do in the Garden on a Frosty Day   You can do lots of things in the garden on a frosty day, but there are lots of things…

 
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October in the Garden

Despite the horrendous downpours and flooding we have had recently, September was the warmest and dryest since records began over 100 years ago! In the papers this week they were…

 
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September in the Garden

September is known to be a drier month than August and this last week has proved that theory, lets hope it continues! There are still lots of things you can…

 
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What to do in the Garden – Last Few Days of April

  Is Spring really here? The signs are well advanced with blossom everywhere and you can always tell spring has arrived because the garden centres have their  summer bedding on…

 
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What to do in The Garden – Second Week of April

The Flower Garden Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost flowering, or use a foliar feed…

 
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What to do in the garden – Last Week of February

In the Flower Garden Sow sweet peas in long pots. Pinch out the shoot when they show a pair of leaves Prune the stems of cornus, willows etc Watch out…

 
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Not another wet and windy week?

WHAT TO DO IN WINTER ON A RAINY DAY With wind forecast and more wet weather predicted to continue well into the near future what can we do if it is too wet…

 
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Valentine’s Day – Say it with Flowers?

  In case it has escaped you the 14th February is this week.  For my wife and I married 34 years this year we tire with the extortionate prices that…

 
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Five Fantastic Plants for February

  This month there are signs of life in the garden. The days are lengthening the birds are singing, bulbs are pushing up and shoots on plants are bursting.  With…

 
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Kiss me quick

There is more to mistletoe than an excuse for kisses at Christmas. It is an unusual native British evergreen that has fascinated people for centuries. If you venture a kiss…

 
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It’s all about Brussels Sprouts!

  Apparently there is a bumper crop this year of those vegetables that children generally hate. So how is it that some 60% of the nation likes them? When do…

 
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Preparing Your Garden for Winter – Five things to do this month

In the UK we are very lucky in that when preparing the garden for winter we do not have to put the garden ‘to bed’.  Often plants in mild winters…

 
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Windy Weather! What you can do this afternoon!

Windy Weather! The forecast is for gales with gusts up to 90 miles per hour. Enough to do some serious damage to buildings and gardens. Trees are particularly vulnerable with…

 
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Historic roses – with Dave Collins from St Francis Hospice

On the show today we welcomed Dave Collins, the staff gardener at St Francis Hopsice and a fanatical rose grower.

 
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`The Three Belles` on Sunday Best

Hi Listeners Last Sunday (18th August) we were happy to welcome back to Phoenix fm `The Three Belles` they popped into studio 1, to chat and sing  live tracks off…

 
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What to do in the garden – Forth Week of August

-Continue to cut grass as it is now growing after all the rains we have had! -After the dry spell you can lower the cutting blades on lawn mowers -Keep…

 
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What to do in the garden during August

July brought us extremes of weather and now we are in the first week of August.  It is time to prepare your garden for the holidays!  Of course the trouble…

 
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Andrew may be away but we do our best

Well Andrew may be motor rallying around Europe but the garden still needs attention, so I took a look at the notes Andrew had left lying around to try to…

 
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What to do in the garden – Second Week of April

The Flower Garden Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost flowering, or use a foliar feed…

 
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What to do in the Garden – First week of April

The Flower Garden Fill gaps in flower beds with primulas and polyanthus Prune forsythia and flowering currants as soon as flowers have faded Leave daffodil foliage intact for at least…

 
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What to do in the Garden – Fourth Week of March

The Flower Garden Take cuttings from delphiniums using strong young shoots, and root them in free-draining compost Wash off greenfly from shoot tips with soapy water Feed rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris…

 
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What to do in the Garden – Last Week of February

In The Flower Garden Prune summer-flowering clematis, cutting above a low pair of green buds Cut out dead stems of ceratostigma and hardy fuchsias Prune all stems of Hydrangea paniculata…

 
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What to do in the Garden – Second Week of February

The Flower Garden Prune back shoots on mophead and lacecap hydrangeas to a pair of buds Trim all foliage from barrenwort (Epimedium) before flowers start to develop Plant lilies in…

 
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What To do in The Garden if it Snows!

WHAT TO DO IN WINTER OR ON A RAINY DAY With snow forcast and cold weather predicted to last a week or so what can we do if it is…

 
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What to Do in the Garden – 16th December

Generally This time of year is for tidying up, cutting things back and looking back over the year to observe your successes and failures in the garden. Hopefully learning from…

 
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What To Do in The Garden – 9th December

In The Flower Garden Spread compost (Mulching) on to flower beds for worms to work in over winter Collect fallen leaves showing signs of blackspot from around roses Fork compost…

 
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What to Do in The Garden – 2nd December

In The Flower Garden Clear away annual climbers, like sweet peas and morning glory, and cup and saucer plants growing up trellises or obelisks Pick seed heads and evergreen foliage…

 
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What to do in The Garden – Last Week of November

In The Flower Garden Prune wisteria sideshoots to 10-15cm from their base, and tie in leading shoots to create a framework Rake up fallen leaves that could be sheltering slugs…

 
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What To Do in The Garden – First Week of November

In the Flower Garden Cut late-summer-flowering clematis right down to soil level Divide congested clumps of perennials such as asters, campanulas, rudbeckias and chrysanthemums after flowering Plant bare-rooted roses Dig…

 
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What to do in the Garden – Week beginning 21st October

The Flower Garden Plant tulip bulbs in groups to make drifts of spring colour After first frosts, lift and store dahlia tubers or leave in the ground but mulch heavily Plant…

 
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What to do in The Garden – Last Week of September

In The Flower Garden Plant crocuses, fritillaries and dwarf narcissus in lawns Plant up patio pots for autumn interest Lift gladioli, clean the corms and store them in a shed…

 
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What to do in the Garden – Last Week of August

In The Flower Garden Plant daffodil bulbs in pots and borders Check roses for suckers and cut off any you find, just below ground Trim conifer hedges to neaten their…

 
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What to do in The Garden – Fourth Week of August

In The Flower Garden   Prune pyracantha and train shoots to supports Prepare soil to plant evergreen shrubs and conifers by digging it over and incorporating lots of organic matter…

 
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What to do in the Garden – Second Week of August

In The Flower Garden Deadhead flowers of lady’s mantle before they set seed Water camellias to make sure they don’t dry out while the flower buds are developing Buy bulbs…

 
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What to do in the Garden – Third Week of July

Generally What a week this has been! Any more water needed in the garden? It is good that I am a gardener and understand that next year should be better!…

 
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What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of July

In The Flower Garden Pick bulbils from lily stems and pot them up to raise new plants Give shrubs and perennial plants a liquid feed Cut down delphiniums once flower…

 
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What to do in the Garden – 10th to 17th June

Flowers Keep baskets and patio pots watered and fed. I know, with all this rain you might still need to water! Spray roses to protect them from pests and diseases…

 
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What to do in the Garden – Fourth Week of May

Generally If I was to give you a tip this week, I would say if you are a keen gardener, write down everything you do in the garden. This not…

 
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What to Do in The Garden – Second Week of May

In The Flower Garden Plant up hanging baskets, and leave them in a sheltered spot before hanging fully outside Plant out potted alliums in groups to add interest to flower…

 
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What to do in the garden – First Week of May

Generally Looking back to last years blog we had 28 degress and cracks in my lawn that I could put my hand into…………………….  well what a difference this year!  The…

 
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What To do in The Garden – Second Week of April

The Flower Garden Sow sunflowers outside, directly where you want them to bloom Trim winter-flowering heathers, removing faded flowers and tidying up their shape Pick off faded flower heads from…

 
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What to do in the Garden – First Week of April

The Flower Garden Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost flowering, or use a foliar feed…

 
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What To Do In The Garden – First Week of March

In The Flower Garden Prune out old stems of elder (Sambucus) to promote new growth from the base Cut back last year’s Buddleia stems to ground level Hard prune trees…

 
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What to do in The Garden – Fourth Week of February

In The Flower Garden Sow sweet peas in deep pots and pinch out once two pairs of leaves have developed Cut back old stems of mallow (Lavatera) to ground level….

 
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What To do In The Garden – Second Week of February!!

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What To Do in The Garden – Last Week of January

In The Flower Garden Cut down willows and dogwoods to their base to promote strong new canes Finish taking hardwood cuttings from shrubs, trees and roses Plant bare-root roses, hedging,…

 
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What To do in The Garden – Third Week of January

In The Flower Garden Dig up congested clumps of winter aconites and transplant to new sites Improve the soil the soil by spreading compost or manure over beds and forking…

 
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What To Do in The Garden – Second Week of January

The Flower Garden Cut back ornamental miscanthus grass before new shoots start developing Trim back ivy and Virginia creeper from around windows and guttering Clear away dead foliage from perennials,…

 
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What To do in The Garden – First Week of January

In The Flower Garden Squash mistletoe berries into apple tree branches to encourage plants to develop Cut down old stems of sedums, taking care not to damage new shoots Clear…

 
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Merry Christmas

 

 
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What To do in The Garden – Fourth Week of December

Generally This time of year is for tidying up, cutting things back and looking back over the year to observe your successes and failures in the garden. Hopefully learning from…

 
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What To Do in The Garden – Third Week of December

In The Flower Garden   Spread compost on to flower beds for worms to work in over winter Collect fallen leaves showing signs of blackspot from around roses Fork compost…

 
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What To do in The Garden – Second Week of December

In The Flower Garden   Clear away annual climbers, like sweet peas and morning glory, and cup and saucer plants growing up trellises or obelisks Pick seed heads and evergreen…

 
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What To Do in The Garden – Last Week of November

In The Flower Garden Clear faded growth of golden hops and annual climbers from pergolas and trellis Plant bare-root roses in well-prepared soil Transplant shrubs and conifers that have outgrown…

 
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What To Do in The Garden – Third Week of November

In The Flower Garden Check stakes and ties are secure on trees and climbers Move containers of shrubs or winter bedding to a sheltered spot when conditions turn very cold…

 
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What to do in the garden – Second Week of November

In The Flower Garden Plant heathers and trailing ivy in pots for winter colour Cut down faded stems on rudbeckia and Shasta daisies, to just above soil level Finish planting…

 
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What to do in the garden – First Week of November

In the Flower Garden Cut late-summer-flowering clematis right down to soil level Divide congested clumps of perennials such as asters, campanulas, rudbeckias and chrysanthemums after flowering Plant bare-rooted roses Dig…

 
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What to do in the garden – Third Week of September

Generally Raise the cutting height of your lawn mower and continue composting clippings Wash out and top up bird baths regularly Stretch netting over ponds and water features to prevent…

 
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What to do in the garden – First Week of September

Generaly This last week of heavy rain has really put a dampner on summer bedding. The poor petunias are sad and as far as Gazanias are concerned, mine have not…

 
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What to do in the garden – Fourth week of August

eneraly Around The Garden Remove suckers from roses, shrubs and around the base of trees, like cornus and sorbus Trim box topiary and hedging Cut laurel hedges using secateurs so…

 
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What to do in the garden – Third Week of August

Generally The third week of August, I cry “where has the month gone?” Well I’m a happy bunny today because yesterday I visited my allotment plot. Yes I have an…

 
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What to do in the garden – Second Week of August

In The Flower Garden Deadhead flowers of lady’s mantle before they set seed Water camellias to make sure they don’t dry out while the flower buds are developing Buy bulbs…

 
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What to do in the garden – First Week of August

Generaly The slugs and snails are still active and on last weeks Gardeners World we saw a couple who grew Hostas by the thousands!  My first reaction was ” what…

 
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What to do in the garden – Fourth Week of July

Flower Garden Jobs Take cuttingsfrom shrubs including pyracantha, cotinus, hypericum, potentilla, honeysuckle, ivy, hydrangea, spiraea and rosemary Prune out plain green shoots from variegated trees and shrubs Cut lavender for…

 
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What to do in the garden – First Week of July

Generally It’s July and for me it means not only busy in the garden keeping it lovely and tidy and watered but it is Britain in Bloom judging time! I’m…

 
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What to do in the garden – Last Week of June

Generally If you have not already done so now is a good time to pot up houseplants. Tired plants can be revived and leaves cleaned. Many housplants can stand being…

 
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Sunday Best – Alternative Gardening Tips

Sat in for Andrew Babicz this week in order to provide my own brand of gardening advice. I shall reproduce these tips for you here in case you missed the…

 
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What to Do in the Garden – Second Week of June

Generally It’s that time of year again when the “In Bloom” entries come rolling in, the judges are ready for July but we need your help!  My guest on Sunday…

 
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What to do in the garden – First Week of June

Generally The rain on Thursday was very welcome however we still need more! The promised rain in the SE did not appear! With the rain on Thursday came cooler weather…

 
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What to do in the garden – Second Week of May

Generally What a week for weather! A high of 26 and a low of 4 in my garden. Low enough to get a ground frost and indeed at a meeting…

 
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What to do in the Garden – First Week of May

Generally Temperatures are 15c less than last week! Last week we had high of 28c and low of 3c. Native plants and hardy shrubs can cope with this and indeed…

 
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What to do in the garden – Third Week of April

The daffodils are over but there are seedlings all over the garden of various plants such as Lunaria annua “Variegata” one of the few variegated plants that come true from…

 
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What to do in the garden – First Week of April

The Flower Garden Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect Sprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost flowering, or use a foliar feed…

 
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Interview with Christine Walkden

Tune in for my interview live on Sunday at 11am. I’ll be talking to Christine about her new book No-nonsense Vegetable Gardening  

 
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What to do in the garden- Last week in March

In the Fower Garden Fill gaps in flower beds with primulas and polyanthus Prune forsythia and flowering currants as soon as flowers have faded Leave daffodil foliage intact for at…

 
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What to do in the garden – Third Week of March

The Flower Garden * Sprinkle granular fertiliser round roses, shrubs and along the base of hedges * Sow sweet peas into deep pots * Transplant evergreen shrubs and conifers to…

 
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What to do in the garden – Second Week of March

In The Flower Garden * Plant lily bulbs in pots for colourful summer displays * Prune shrub roses to low new shoots * Cut back overgrown honeysuckle stems close to…

 
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Charlie Dimmock Interview

I had the great pleasure to interview Charlie Dimmock at a garden exhibition and played the interview on Sunday  Best recently. It you would like to hear it again just…

 
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What to in the garden this week – First week of March?

Don’t be a slave to all those gardening magazine that are telling you to sow seeds outdoors now if the conditions are not ideal Often these magazine are written 3…

 
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RHS London Plant and Design Show 2011

I had the pleasure of visiting the show this week. A first for me. Some of the UK’s well known nurseries were there and as it was a Spring Show…

 
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What to do in The Garden – Last Week of February?

In The Flower Garden * Prune summer-flowering clematis, cutting above a low pair of green buds * Cut out dead stems of ceratostigma and hardy fuchsias * Prune all stems…

 
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Should we ban smoking in parks and gardens?

This month’s Poll is about smoking in Parks and Gardens. Please do give me your vote whether we should ban smoking in gardens? This comes after New York has banned…

 
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What to do this week in the garden

In The Flower Garden * Sow sweet peas in deep pots and pinch out once two pairs of leaves have developed * Cut back old stems of mallow (Lavatera) to…

 
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What to Do In The Garden This Week 16/01/11

The Flower Garden · Dig up congested clumps of winter aconites and transplant to new sites · Improve the soil the soil by spreading compost or manure over beds and…

 
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What to Do in The Garden This Week!

Gardens look a bit of a mess after snow so when it is dry and frost free get outside and clean up those leaves that have fallen recently. Some trees…

 
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