Monthly Archives: January 2011

Botanic Gardens gave Djokovic strength

In his post match interview after beating Roger Federa in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic said that he enjoyed the parks in Melbourne and he particularly enjoyed the Botanic Gardens. He said that they gave him strength. … Continue reading

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Dare to go bare

Many people think that we shouldn’t plant anything during the winter season; I can quite understand people not wanting to get cold and wet but there are some plants that just have to be planted in winter – think of … Continue reading

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Snowdrop days

Finished your tax return but still feeling blue? Then seek out a garden walk with a snowdrop display. I’d actually leave it for a week or so because they do seem to be a little late this year but make sure … Continue reading

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It’s Potato Day Season

It’s the start of potato day season where it is possible to go to an event and check out some of the finest potatoes in the world. There are experts to advise you on what is best for your growing … Continue reading

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Winter Colour

Colour contrast and harmony can be the key to a successful garden yet it is often not even considered. It is surprising how colour can influence how we see a garden and it isn’t always found in obvious places. We all notice … Continue reading

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Where have all the Hebe’s gone?

Did you know that plants are now being tested using DNA technology and several of our well known plants have recently been re-classified? The spring bulb Chionodoxa luciliae has become Scilla luciliae, the genus Hebe has disappeared althogether and is … Continue reading

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Does your garden need re-designing?

Don’t wait until the Spring when designers and contractors are busy. Think ahead. Start talking to the right people, right now.

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Redbook Garden Design move to Oxfordshire

Redbook Garden Design has moved to Abingdon in Oxfordshire. With years of horticulture and design experience, award winning gardens and a friendly yet professional approach Redbook Garden Design could be the company that you have been looking for. Have a look at our … Continue reading

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What to do in the garden – Jan & Feb

Remove the old leaves from around your Hellebores to let the new flowers through. These are one of my favourite winter plants. Others include: Sarcococca hookeriana,  Chimonanthus praecox,  Skimmia confusa ‘Kew Green’  Jasminum nudiflorum,  Mahonia x media ‘Charity’  and of … Continue reading

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Garden Inspiration

Too cold and horrible for gardening? Use this time to get inspired.  Two of my favourite winter gardens are at their best at the moment. Cambridge Botanical Gardens and Anglesey Abbey have absolutely stunning winter beds, they are close to each … Continue reading

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