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Companion Planting

‘Good Companions’ by J B Priestley is not a gardening book but it might well have been as it is a tightly observed text on relationships and how one supports the other. Three main reasons for companion planting are mutual feeding, aesthetic considerations and technical or horticultural reasons. Many people will grow Marigolds or Tagetes […]


Bees in the Garden

Bee delving into a poppy Bees love Foxgloves. Foxgloves grow well in shady environments and poor soil. They create height an interest in early summer (more…)


Valerian Weed or Flower

A garden weed is a plant that grows in the ‘wrong  place’. From self sown seeds I have Valerian growing in walls and cracks in pavements that despite the colour at this time of year are weeds. I must get them out before they seed and invade the few remaining gardens in our road that […]


Top Ten Annual Climbers

What is your favourite annual climber? Most of these  climbers grow 6-10 feet in one season. Sweet Pea lathyrus odoratus must rank near the very top of any list of favourite annual flowers. they will grow 6-10 feet tall and if the flowers are picked regularly they will give endless scent and pleasure. Morning Glory […]


Tzigane Best HT Rose

I have always assumed this Rose that I bought as Tzigane (Tsigane) was in fact that variety. When I recently compared it to pictures by other gardeners I found 4 totally different offerings under that name. I am happy with my rose, that it is a regular flowering rose of fair scent and pleasant disposition […]


Best Flowering Shrubs

Broom or Cytisus scoparius is an old favourite shrub for the pea shaped flowers in June. The traditional yellow is now supplemented by many cultivars in red and bi colours. They are short lived shrubs and need to be pruned to stop energy going into seed production. They flower on wood produced in the previous […]


Bedding Tips

Bedding describes  plants  that are used en masse for a showy display of a temporary nature. They are often annuals but can also be bulbs like Begonia or biennials like wall flowers. Tips on Bedding Plants Plants need space to develop and you need to remember this when planting out – you do not want […]


Dwarf Pelargonium aka Geranium

This dwarf Pelargonium (called Geranium) is shorter than a paperback (I mean not as tall) and the leaves are correspondingly small. A perfect little miniature plant with all the habits and leaf colouring of a zonal Pelargonium. Dwarf Pelargonium Tips and Hints I guess you could grow them outside in summer in the rockery after […]


Save Water Garden with a Friend

Older gardeners may remember the water company slogan ‘Save Water bath with a friend’ used during the great water shortages of 1976. Are we in for another summer like 1976? Some thinks so others are still suffering floods and unseasonal cold still as Baden Powell said be prepared. I am suggesting help from friendly gadgets […]


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