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Divide and rule is the motto for those who wish to be king of the herbaceous garden. More plants for some little effort by splitting the crown….
January started the year quite well with a few early snowdrops and the remnants of primulas. February will be even better snow permitting. Leap forward to June which is a spectacular month for flowering hedgerows and particularly in the under-storey. Identifying plants whilst out walking as a child, was my first introduction to the environment […]
‘Kinlough Beauty’ is an exceptionally hardy Primrose from the Primula family. . To maintain vigour divide ‘Kinlough Beauty’ every couple of years or so after blooming. This is when your free plants arise. I have just got nine new healthy plants from one clump. Other primroses can be divided in a similar manner. Gardeners Tips […]
We all more likely to take the advice we want to hear so it is more garden fruit and less time consuming, glut causing veg for me this year
It is probably spring when yellow features as my own top garden colour. For summer I am looking for a crystal clear sky blue and red is an autumn favourite. What ever the season I will always retain a soft spot for a good yellow.
After salad crop failures in Spain and shortages of courgettes, broccoli and other ‘long distance’ vegetables gardeners could to worse than focus on traditional and non-traditional root crops. Chinese artichoke, Stachys affinis was popular in Edwardian times. It is a sprawling plant that produces knobbly roots for baking, mashing, frying or stir frying. Harvest as needed, […]
Many plants have dangerous components, leaves, seeds and roots. Some of the most dangerous must be grown under government license. Below are notes on just a few plants to avoid eating. Mandrake is one of the most poisonous plants that is known. The specimen above is grown under strict control with a fence around it. […]
There are as many different vegetable plots as there are gardeners and everyone has its place. My default position is clear, I seek good yield or output from lower effort and less space than in previous decades. My allotment days are over and although I expected to be time rich and veg plot area poor […]
Edgeworthia is a genus of shrubs that flower in small clusters of scented 4 petaled flowers tightly packed to form a ball shape. The genus is related to the Daphne family and can be grown in the UK with similar treatment and success. You can get a long display as they flowers open progressively from […]
First Steps Think through your short term and long term plans. Woodland gardens are likely to last and last. Ensure you have the right space, location and environment for a woodland. Work with nature not against it. Make careful consideration of the type of garden you are aiming for and think in 3 dimensions at […]