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the snow settled on the floods!All this and it is a mere 16 weeks before we are on site, and 12 weeks before the gardens are built at the Chelsea Flower Show. I always find it a miracle that the plants are ready for the show. It's as if the plants know
will send the leaves tumbling to the ground.Slow-growing Japanese maples, particularly those with dissected leaves, make perfect small trees for patio pots. I've grown acers in pots on my patio for about six years now, using large, heavy terracotta pots
We've not long to go now before Christmas Day, and front doors up and down the land will now be decorated with magnificent garlands capturing the spirit of the festive season. They do look fun to make, though I'll admit I've never done it myself, a
cricketers, soldiers, cars or railways. However, two of the sets included in my father's album have a relevance to gardening - hence their inclusion here. One series is called 'Garden Hints' and includes such things as making a crazy paved surround to a seat
Absence will always make the heart grow fonder: especially in gardens. I have just got back after a few days at the Malvern Spring Show — which was, as always, great fun, pretty fabulous and completely exhausting — and it is amazing how much fuller
next week my wisteria started doing exactly the same thing. First the leaves looked a bit droopy and exhausted, then they turned crispy and finally fell off, leaving the plant naked and neglected. Since then I have heard of three other wisterias
Knowing exactly how to care for plants is a matter of judgement and experience. Many plants need treating with tender loving care, but others can benefit from 'mean' treatment.Take my agapanthus. In their 'youth' agapanthus produce leaves and shoots
are lucky enough to live in the countryside and we have room for these big plants, but even in the tiniest garden this sort of thing can be effective. A big plant in a small space makes a great impact.
in other parts of the garden. I planted the very luscious Dahlia 'Hillcrest Royal' to make up for the absentee monarda, it's a bit pinker but equally effective.The thalictrum has gone a bit floppy as my early spring staking was a bit shoddy in places
, which is basically Joe Swift, Cleve West and I messing around with plants and stuff. There are four episodes on YouTube now and we hope to make more.