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It pays not to be too neat and tidy in the garden or you'll miss out on so many unexpected delights. Agapanthus look stunning in full flower through summer, but if I'd been too hasty with the secateurs and trimmed away the flower spikes as soon
When it's cold outside, and none of the family offer to join me in the garden for a spot of tidying up, it's nice having the company of some feathered friends instead. During winter the birds are bolder and friendlier than ever, with robins
The sudden drop in temperature has got me flustered. I know it shouldn’t, as every year by Halloween the weather has usually turned significantly colder.Well, the clocks have gone back, evenings have got darker, and the chilly weather confirms the end of the 2012 growing season. ...
again very quickly. I really must tidy it up, throw away the clutter that really won’t be used, and create a practical storage space that is once again a pleasure to use.Throwing things away is one of the hardest things in the world. Those useful bits
the garden as an excuse for providing shelter and hibernation hotels for wildlife. Who can argue with that? It's true that many insects and creepy crawlies, frogs, toads and other wildlife do need a place to shelter, and a pristine, tidy garden provides few
, but the reward is instant - a neat, tidy display revealing the full beauty of the blooms without the distraction of dead flowers.Now I'm contemplating propagation, so need to delve down to try and find some healthy non-flowering shoots to use as cuttings
more and more congested. To many observers the bushes simply didn't look as attractive.So while pruning allows us to 'tidy up' rose bushes, it's important not to get carried away. Dead shoots: bad. Crossing and rubbing stems: bad. Small shoots may