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Primroses

Primroses are spring heroes! We often think of daffodils heralding spring yet it is really the primrose that shows her pretty face first. From early February to late spring you will find primroses brightening up woodlands, banks and gardens, while …
Roses are not just for Valentines Day ! Valentine’s Day is not the only reason February is a good month to talk about roses. The most loved, the most cherished, the most talked about and probably the most feared flower …

Snowdrops

We often speak about the flowers that herald the arrival of spring and yet what about snowdrops? This is the flower that is known to herald the end of winter. Although, this is the month we often see snow….. So really …

Be Ready for Spring

Be ready for spring! It may still be cold outside so this is the perfect time to start planning your garden. We call this armchair gardening! Even if you are not sure what you want, from the comfort of your chair …

Wildlife Garden

Would you like a wildlife garden? Do you know there are approximately 15 million gardens in the UK? This means if we all made a few simple changes to our outdoor spaces we can create a wildlife garden and we …

Christmas Trees

Did you know nearly 90% of British households put up a Christmas tree? Also, real Christmas trees are as popular as they have ever been. Despite widespread belief, the facts actually point to artificial trees being less environmentally friendly than …

Topiary

Topiary has long had a chequered past and has often been held in contempt by the ‘landscaping school’. So it is interesting to witness its revival and listen to garden designers suddenly championing its cause.  Box and yew are still amongst …

Red & Gold

Want the red and gold colours of autumn in your garden?  There are a few trees and plants that really come up to the mark. One is Liquidambar or more commonly called the American sweet gum tree. However, do be careful …

Hedge Planting Time

It’s hedge planting time. Now is the best time to plant a new hedge providing the soil is neither water logged nor frozen.  Do check planting guidelines, and remember it will take a good two years for your  hedge to …