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Hydrangeas for the garden

Hydrangeas are one of the classic seaside plants, flowering mostly from mid to late summer they will bring colour to any garden. Most hydrangeas will tolerate either full sun or semi shade and will be fairly happy in a moist position in the garden where it doesn’t dry out too easily, as a rule the […]

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Water Lily

Planting the pond

The warmer weather is excellent for working in the garden. Damper days also enable the plants to grow really well, this unfortunately helps the weeds to take a really good hold so when there’s a dry spell use a hoe to remove as many weed seedlings as possible in the borders. The changing weather is […]

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Choosing Plants

Choosing Plants

I’m always tempted by new plants when I visit garden centres and nurseries, perhaps it’s simply that they always have something flowering to sell when my own garden has a few sparse areas going begging. Or the fact that something seems so unusual that I feel I may be able to find a perfect gap […]

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Plants for summer interest

Plants for summer interest

It’s suddenly the time of year for thinking about planting pots, tubs, window boxes and hanging baskets with summer bedding plants. As usual there’s a vast array of plants appearing on the market as well as the containers to put them in. The idea behind summer bedding is to introduce quick-growing plants that (hopefully) flower […]

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Buddleja

Growing Buddlejas – Butterfly Bush

 As the weather warms up more and more insects and creatures seem to be appearing from their winter hiding places. Yesterday there were quite a few butterflies in a garden I was visiting. This made me think about a really good attraction for butterflies in the summer garden – that is the ‘butterfly bush’ or […]

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cottage-garden-pot

Plants in containers

Containers planted with small trees, shrubs and specimen plants make excellent focal points in a garden and what better way to start the garden this year but shopping for plants?! I’m a great believer in container gardening, bringing gardening and plants to anyone whether they have a large garden, back yard or a balcony. Not […]

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Spoilt for choice with plants

Spoilt for choice with plants

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the choice when looking for a specific plant to fill an equally specific location in the garden then you are certainly not alone. Recent research has indicated that a large proportion of garden owners look for instant solutions when making garden purchases and I can see why, the plant […]

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Books and knowledge can help a gardener get the most from their garden.

Books to the rescue!

I must admit that I’ve got more gardening books than you could shake a garden fork at. Some of the books are an excellent resource and get used time and time again, these are the ones with slightly damaged spines and the well thumbed pages. Others though rarely get touched, if ever.Now we are at […]

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A Yorkshire Country Garden

2016 Gardening Trends

What are the garden trends for 2016? It’s always hard to predict what will be on the garden shopping list for the coming year, but thankfully garden wholesale buying events for the trade can give a good idea of what’s coming to a garden centre near you. What may be the most fashionable gadget or […]

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Malham winter

Winter Gardens

Ever thought that the garden is a little untidy at this time of the year? Well good news because Christmas is a great time of the year to forget about the garden, and why not? No more picking up wet leaves, pruning back plants or in some cases just the sheer drudgery of gardening – […]

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