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We have had a couple of mild frosts over the past week so we can assume that autumn is properly with us: further denial is pointless. Instead it is time to appreciate the turning leaves before they too have gone and we are left alone with only the evergreens to keep us amused.Las...
-forgiving whiteness has gone and left behind it … well, a lot of soggy, mucky chaos. Hedges are staggering slightly after supporting all that weight and my flower borders look about as attractive as roadside ditches. I tend to leave my herbaceous plants standing
(Galanthus spp.).There were no vast swathes of naturalised snowdrops at Chelsea, but small clumps of different cultivars planted in a 'trail', which took us around the garden as we followed it. My favourite was 'S. Arnott', a lovely long-stemmed variety
It's the ‘Gourmet grower’ and ‘Allotmenteer’ packs that I'm finding most useful. Early potatoes planted this week will have produced tasty new potatoes for harvest in June, while broad beans sown outside into warm soil should have their first pods for picking
Are your roses martyrs to disease? Are their leaves covered with black spots or a white overcoat of powdery mildew? Well, I'll come clean and put my hand up on both counts. Much depends on the time of year and whether it's wet or dry - but, most years, even some varieties that cl...
comprising entirely of edible fungi: more interestingly all the action is underground and only visible through a series of periscopes.2. Jon Wheatley and Anita Foy's vast show feature, the RHS Edible Garden. This includes fruit and nut orchards, wild plants
-cum-quay, the size of a single bed has been so enthusiastically decorated with plant containers that the table and chair are lost in herbage.Several hoverflies and bumblebees are visiting the flowers. Chaffinches and sparrows flit noisily through the climbers
compost to improve my soil, sprinkling it around newly planted bulbs and divided perennials. And with the cost of gardening forever on the increase I'll save a small fortune on bags of soil improvers and compost from the garden centre.
pallid nymphs make the white frothy gobs of cuckoo spit as they feed by sucking plant sap. There are dozens of them. And not only are they hopping about on the sunny foliage, they’re busy having sex too. Perhaps this is a bit ambitious, given that they
goodness or the Olympics with all that stirring sportiness to occupy our minds - and also for the tantalising glimpses of the Olympic plantings of James Hitchmough, Nigel Dunnett and Sarah Price. Perhaps they will all be given baronetcies in tomorrow’s New