By Failing To Prepare, You Are Preparing To Fail.

05 Sep

Is it just me, or does everybody get a bit over excited when planning a border or planter in their garden?  Especially when wondering around our top choice nursery and seeing all the pretty plants in all their marvellous shapes, sizes and colours.  I get way too adventurous, overthink all my options and want to buy everything, regardless of the price.  This is where I run amok.  I want to buy every plant I can, mush them all into a border and I think it’ll look fabulous regardless. 

 

It’s okay to admit if you do the same thing.  We all do.  It’s part of the learning process of being a gardener.

 

Planning is important … Especially thinking ahead.

 

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Planet Friendly Planting.

10 Jul

Upcycling.

 

In this day and age, reusing and recycling is a huge thing.  Saving the environment, protecting the planet and Mother Nature…all that stuff.  Before you take a short stroll out to your 17 bins, crates and bags that councils now insist we need for all out waste products, pause for 5 – 10 mins and think….”Can I use this jar for more than just jam?”

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Time for a winter trim up.

12 Mar

The seasons be a changing, spring is on the horizon, therefore a fresh year of luscious growth and beautiful new flowers is approaching us.

 

With this winter nearly over and temperatures rising, it makes it the prefect time to prune back some of the winter interest that we left up to give our gardens a little bit of wow factor as after Autumn passing. Plants like Hydrangeas, Dogwoods, Fuchias, Hellebores all show up really well after a little bit of secateur work (if you haven’t done already).

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Super Supports.

08 Mar

I’m just going to be honest, those right angled, green plastic hooky things I don’t like at all. They aren’t that tall, you have to store them somehow over winter when they aren’t in use. I’ll give them the factor of longevity, they for sure have that going for them, that’s the only positive thing I can really say about them though to be honest. I find a lot of single ones just laying in a bed under a thin cover of soil a lot, looking like they’ve fallen over and been forgotten about.

 

However, they do serve a purpose; a purpose that this post is all about: Plant Supports. Very handy things in the garden that a number of herbaceous plants can’t really live without. I’ve put supports in for Echinops, Dahlias, Aconitum, Roses, Delphiniums, Rudbeckia Goldsturm. Not all of those necessarily neeeeeed support, they could just use a little helping hand sometimes if the weather gets the better of them.

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Christmas Panic OVER,

25 Nov
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If you’ve managed to get this far into November without the daunting fear of having to sort of Christmas, please share your secrets with the rest of us.

 

For those, like me, that have been thinking and panicking about what we can buy our friends and family since the end of September, Christmas is quickly approaching and honestly, I have no idea what to get and no idea what I want this year.

 

I doubt I’m the only person wondering what to get people, or what to ask for, so in the spirit of Christmas, I’m going to lend you all a helping hand by making a list of gardeny things I’ve asked for in the past! This list will also help you choose what to get for all those green thumbed family members and friends you may have.

 

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Owning a Plant – The Reply.

12 Oct

Okay, time for a little back story. *flash back sound*

 

So my lovely friend Viki has her own blog, The Positive Pensive. I was having a nose through it one day and I came across a post about owning a plant (Give this a read, it’ll help my own post make sense) and the 5 stages you go through … “as my little guy starts to depart from this world.” Now that sentence alone makes me upset. I’m straight in at stage 4. Alarm bells were ringing that poor plants were dying, and their poor owners were fighting a losing battle trying to keep them alive.

 

Then I had an idea. As a gardener, I know all the tricks in the book for keeping plants alive. So here’s my advice and help for those struggling to keep those indoor flowers alive.

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My Lil’ Trip Away.

04 Oct

If you haven’t seen on our amazing Facebook and Instagram pages, I went away for a long weekend a week ago. While I ventured and relaxed in the gorgeous settings of Cornwall, I spent the good part of a day wondering around and marveling at everything at the Eden Project.

 

Now, this post won’t be your usual newsy/advise giving post that I usually do, this one is just going to be about why EVERYONE needs to visit the Eden Project if they have the slightest interest in gardening. In short, it’s absolutely brilliant. Go. Stop what you’re doing and go!

 

Everyone has seen the pictures. The old Clay quarry that’s been magically transformed into a wonderland of plants and flowers and now has these bee hive like 2 domes in a hole in the ground. The transformation is quite the marvel.

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Battle Of the Box. Letters to home style.

07 Sep

21st July.

Somethings happening, Ma. We got word from the Sarge that something big is coming, something bad. No natural predators, toxic. We spotted a squadron of Moths buzzing around earlier, we didn’t see where they landed though. We don’t know when they’ll attack, but we gotta be on the lookout. Box Tree Caterpillar. Eating leaves and webbing. They’re the obvious signs we gotta keep a lookout for.

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Garden Styles.

18 Aug

How do you want your garden?

 

There’s no set way to gardening or planting. That lovely aspect of this area in life means we can have a great deal of fun thinking up and planning out how we want our little piece of heaven. Everything can be just how you like it, from the paths to the fences, beds to colour. It’s all in your control.

 

Not everyone likes to just go wild and follow their heart though (this can make our lives, as gardeners, a million times easier by the way) and instead, decide on something a bit more…predetermined in the plans they have for their garden.

 

Three of the more popular and most common ones are… drum roll please …

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