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At this time of year garden magazines and blogs are chock full of articles about snowdrops. Even Adam Pasco has written one and it takes a lot for our sainted editor to stir himself from his Caribbean hideaway at this time of year. However
to talk about them, but instead about the less well-known and less appreciated perennial sweet pea, Lathyrus latifolius. In a village near here it has colonised the sunny side of an old hedge, where it scrambles through the undergrowth and spills down a
No, it’s not quite time for hibernation yet. Just a bit of sun in the garden and all kinds of intriguing insects are out again. I thought maybe I’d seen the last of this year’s hoverflies, but a drowsy marmalade fly, Episyrphus balteatus
. Cover with a propagator lid or plastic film.Keep the tray on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator until germination. Thin seedlings to leave one or two per module.
by a few weeks to give you a regular supply of blooms.A sunny positionWell cultivated soilTrowelWatering canSecateursMarch - May30 minutesJuly - SeptemberIf you have raised cut flowers from seed, by late May, they should be ready to go outside
What's in your shed? If it's anything like mine it will contain some (or all) of the following: tools (some hanging from nails, some lying around on the floor), mowers, plant pots, deckchairs waiting for a sunny day, three bicycles with flat tyres
quite dramatically.So that is what I am doing on this sunny Monday. Hopefully, many of you will come along to the show and see if you agree with our decisions.(The picture, by the way, is of last year's winning Conceptual Garden, It's Hard To See
Storage containerall year round10 minutes every dayFind a sunny corner of your garden, on soil, where you can site either a plastic compost bin or build a compost bin using wooden pallets or similar. Setting your bin up on soil will allow worms and other micro
plants, such as cranesbill geranium, teasel and foxglove. Let’s hope the weather holds up!Wishing you a happy, sunny and productive gardening year.
and sunny spot, or with pretty campanulas spilling out of the pockets, as here, for a cottage garden in partial shade.Roll of lead, 45cm x 300cm, from any builder's merchantMarine plywood, 30cm x 85cm18 clout nails (large-headed, galvanised nails)3 pots