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Summer colour in containers – the best of seasonal bedding

For many of us it’s the time of year when we think about planting up those pots, containers and hanging baskets for added summer colour in the garden. Whether you like seasonal bedding plants or not, there is no denying that they liven up the summer garden, making their greatest…

Top Ten Safety Tips for Gardening with Children

The best way to enjoy your garden is to relax in it, and to enjoy the beauty of these incredible outdoor rooms with family and friends.  It’s amazing how many parents and carers will fully safety proof their indoor environment; but neglect their outdoor space.  If, like me, you have…

Harvesting the first salad leaves and growing climbing French beans

By mid-spring we are already harvesting salad leaves and radishes from the small VegTrug down close to the house. I have had the cover on this one, but open at the front to allow good air circulation. I found when it was closed up all the time the crops suffered…

Garden Ideas: The Best Gardening Boards on Pinterest

We love gardening on Pinterest because it’s beginning to act as a catalyst for some great garden ideas.  After all gardening is a very visual activity (amongst other things).  And when we’re not actually out getting our hands dirty (usually because it’s raining), we armchair garden.  We look for garden…

How to grow your own flower arrangement

There’s nothing like cutting your own flowers fresh from the garden: they last longer, look more natural and offer the opportunity to bring a little of your plot indoors. Of course you can just cut a few stems, or a bunch, and pop them in a vase of water and…

Flora of Budapest – Spring along the Danube

I’ve just spent a few days in the wonderful city of Budapest, Hungary; my first visit. This very welcoming city on the banks of the Danube has friendly people, magnificent architecture, hearty food, vibrant bars and steaming thermal baths, What I wasn’t expecting were the amount of trees and flowers…

Plant Protection without chemicals

It is possible to control some pests and weeds with traditional barrier methods avoiding the use of chemical methods. Some of these have been used in gardens for many years, however these principles are also employed in more modern plant protection methods. They are welcomed by organic gardeners and those…

Living Walls; A Designer Dream or Ecologist’s Nightmare?

Who can deny the allure of the incredible vertical gardens of Patrick Blanc. If you’ve not come across him, Patrick Blanc is a charismatic green-haired, green-attired French botanist, known as the founding father of the vertical garden. A vertical garden or living wall, also known as “le Mur Végétal” (the…

The Magic of Spring Flowers

Sometimes there are moments in the garden that you just want to share. The spring garden is so full of surprises; something new appears and delights with every weekend. What I love about this time of the year is the detail: a delicate flower, an unfurling leaf, fallen blossoms on…

The New Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs

Hillier Nurseries are known as growers of an unbeatably wide range of trees and shrubs. This reputation was established by the late Sir Harold Hillier, whose private collection of plants hardy in temperate climates became the world renowned Hillier Arboretum, today the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Sir Harold, one of…