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of them start selling flowers before March, although The Telegraph has published a list of companies offering both British and imported flowers by post.One day I hope to be able to give my Valentine a posy of cut flowers grown by me, in my garden
In 1985, Chris Baines created the first ever wildlife garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Apparently it caused quite a stir - wildflowers in those days were often dismissed as 'weeds' - and his medal was mistakenly inscribed "Chris Baines, for a
notice, made a garden of bosomy turf hummocks and smoking chimneys.9. Tickets are still available either at the gate or online.10. Enough, I think. Go and see for yourselves.PS I am also now the newest (and I think possibly the youngest which makes a very
In the current climate of price rises and frozen salaries we're all looking for ways to save money. Fortunately, many garden plants help us to cut costs by producing new seed for free. All we have to do is spot the opportunities, then collect
made it impossible to sow seeds directly outside in the garden. The ground was just too wet, making it difficult to prepare the surface soil to sow into. Any small seeds I did endeavour to sow got washed away, wasting time, effort and money
problem with spider mite last winter, but it’s best to err on the side of caution.This virtuous activity is always very satisfying, and makes me feel prepared for the year ahead. Roll on 2013, and a productive growing season!
and enjoyment. Gardening just wouldn't be the same without a dog by my side. Magic really makes my day, every day.
To continue my (very) occasional series about interesting gardeners: have you ever heard of Johnny Appleseed? He is one of the folk heroes of American horticulture and has been immortalised not only in books but also in a song by the late, great Joe
've resisted burning much in the way of garden refuse as I compost everything I can.Once a year I rent a great big shredder for a weekend and the peace of the countryside is completely disrupted as I spend a couple of happy days half-deafened and covered
's best not to allow the holm oak free rein among our native woodlands as it can be a bit intrusive, especially in warmer coastal areas. The National Trust attack it with goats on the Isle of Wight. But it’s absolutely fine in gardens where it also makes