Monthly Archives: March 2011

Winter Jasmine – time to prune

Just a quick reminder that it is now the time to prune your Jasminum nudiflorum (winter flowering jasmine). When it has finished flowering cut the stems back to where you can see a strong pair of buds. Easy!

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Spring, nature’s big colour clash

Spring is my favourite time of the year. Everything makes me smile: Gorgeous sunshiny daffodils, pretty primroses, delicate blossoms, buds bursting out of dead-looking stems, green shoots pushing through unloved soil and new-born lambs frolicking in the fields.  Nature’s having a … Continue reading

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Perennials for dry, shady spots

Dry, shady spots in the garden can be quite tricky and often end up being the neglected areas or dumping grounds. With a little effort in tracking down the right plants you can create some very pretty beds. Here are my favourite perennials: … Continue reading

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Growing minds

I read a newspaper article last weekend that stated that older adults who garden have more of a zest for life and feel younger than those that don’t garden. A survey conducted by researchers from Texas A&M and Texas State Universities showed … Continue reading

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It’s a material choice

If you are considering having a new patio, terrace or path in your garden then you may be feeling a little bewildered by the huge choice of materials available, or you may not even be aware of all of the options … Continue reading

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Are your rose beds bare in spring?

In the spring our Roses can look extremely bare and uninteresting. It is therefore worth considering planting Clematis with them, these can extend the flowering season, add a different colour and provide additional interest with shape and size. Roses and Clematis work … Continue reading

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Last chance to snip

Any vigorous shrub that flowers from mid July to September (including shrubs that are grown for their vivid winter stems) can now be cut back to almost ground level. This will give you a stronger plant, more vivid stems and abundant … Continue reading

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Cimicifuga racemosa – friend or foe?

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I rather like the name cimicifuga, I rather like the plant too and have often included cimicifuga simplex ‘Brunette’ in my planting schemes. It is a very useful plant that does well in damp and … Continue reading

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Is there a ghost in your garden?

A friend of mine has a stunning garden that she opens to the public(www.kathybrownsgarden.com). She has some beautiful winter beds and walks within the garden which have gained the attention of a famous French photographer – Cedric Pollet. Kathy was … Continue reading

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