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Garden ideas from the Ascot Garden Show

I’ve just been to the Ascot Garden Show, England’s newest garden show (held 13th-15th April). It can’t be easy to start a garden show from scratch, but the Ascot Garden…

April 15th, 2018

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Henriette dahlia over-winters well.

Don’t dig up dahlias for winter! What to do instead….

I don’t dig up dahlias to store them at the end of the summer. I’ve been growing dahlias for fifteen years, and I only dug a few up once. They…

November 12th, 2017

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Frangipani growing in Florida

How to think like a modern plant hunter…

If you google ‘plant hunter’, Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, will pop up sooner rather than later. Plant hunters used to be Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian adventurers. Kew describes…

April 30th, 2017

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Tips on restoring an overgrown garden

13 clever ways to improve your garden – from Australia!

Different country. Different climate – but travel makes you look at gardens in a fresh way.  It’s inspiring to see how someone else grows things, especially if you can talk…

March 20th, 2016

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Dream of next year's garden...

What the mild weather is doing to your garden…& what you should do about it

As we are experiencing the mildest winter since records began, I asked the RHS whether there was any impact on the garden. Do we need to be taking precautions? Is…

December 20th, 2015

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7 ways to make labelling easy

You always think you’ll remember what you planted where. At least, you probably know all about labels, but it’s taken me a few years to understand that, firstly, all plants…

May 9th, 2015

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Tulip Queen of Night and Camassia

My two best no-effort, money-saving tulips….

I don’t dig up my tulips every year, and I don’t want to buy bulbs every autumn. So I need tulips that will come back reliably and will look good with…

April 19th, 2014

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Clematis and tulips in the middle-sized garden

Could your (garden) blog make money?

As well as writing a gardening blog, I also teach blogging. I am often asked, especially by mothers hoping to work from home, how a blog can make money. I…

April 13th, 2014

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Ballerina tulips with lamium

How to garden with very little time or money – top 10 spring plants

I’ve just discovered the advantage of being a lazy gardener. I don’t do as much gardening as I ought to, mainly because I’m short of time. And filling a major…

April 6th, 2014

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hydrangea sargentiana, stachy, macleaya

What ‘vintage ‘ can do for your summer bedding colours

I’ve been talking vintage this week. Firstly, with garden designer, Caroline Garland, who’s identified ‘new vintage’ as an exciting new direction for people who don’t want their gardens to look…

March 29th, 2014

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gardening friends on a bucket

How gardening friends can solve your problems….

Gardeners and cake are a good combination. Gardeners, cake and a difficult spot in the garden are a brilliant combination. Last Sunday I hosted some gardening friends to coffee, plied…

March 23rd, 2014

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new stone path

What I wish I’d known….

It’s often the little things that make a big difference. When we re-vamped our garden, we project-managed it ourselves and sometimes I didn’t know enough to ask the right questions….

March 13th, 2014

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