Container gardening

Dry January

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As the first month of 2022 draws to a close, I sit at my desk reflecting on how unseasonably calm and dry the weather […]

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Planting A Container for Autumn Colour

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By mid-September, many summer-flowering annuals have started to burn themselves out. They’ve given their all, and their natural instinct is now to produce seed […]

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Now is the Time to Plant Spring Bulbs

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Whilst tempting to lament the summer that never was, now is the time to be looking ahead and planting your spring-flowering bulbs. The first […]

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A Moment In The Gin & Tonic Garden

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Once in a while one’s garden has a ‘moment’, a brief period of time when everything comes together to create a picture-perfect scene and […]

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The Watch House Awaits

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The pots are all planted and in position, their arrangements have been checked from every angle, adjusted and appraised again. Happy with the result, […]

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Here Comes Summer!

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The title of of this post is tongue-in-cheek given I’m sat at my desk with rain pattering on the skylight and a brisk draught […]

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The Late, Late Tulip Show

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Cold weather in spring can only hold our gardens back for so long. It’s like a catapult, the further the sling is pulled back […]

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The Late, Late Daffodil Show

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In a normal year, I’d consider myself lucky to have one or two daffodils blooming in May. By May Day their dominion is over […]

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Arctic April

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It has been the strangest month; cold – indeed the frostiest April in sixty years – and desert-dry. Although we’ve escaped spring frosts here […]

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How To Prepare Your Garden For A Spring Cold Snap

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Over the last week, we’ve been blessed with glorious spring weather. Sunshine and temperatures in the high teens and twenties (ºC) have, quite literally, […]

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Hurrah! the Ides of March

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Our garden is at its lowest ebb from early February until the Ides of March, on the 15th of the month. Battered by gales […]

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Iris Reticulata ‘Pauline’

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In an exciting new development, the following post can now be enjoyed as a podcast as well as in text and photographs. Cultivars of […]

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