Wednesday, 18 January 2017 | Alison
Petunias, along with fuchsias and geraniums, are one of our best loved annuals and a welcome and popular sight, gracing our British and European summer hanging baskets, bedding displays and patio pots.
But did you know that Petunias are native to South America and are actually perennials, but they are treated as annuals in the UK as these tender darlings dislike cold and will not survive frosts. Petunias are members of the Solanaceae or nightshade family which includes tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cape gooseberries and the tobacco plant.
Thursday, 12 January 2017 | Alison
Taking a peek at the hottest new looks in gardening and design for your home and garden for the new year ahead is always exciting and thought provoking to say the very least.
Who says you have to have ‘this particular potted plant or that curious coloured vegetable’ growing in your flowerbeds? Well, like everything else in life, we can pick and choose, adapt it to suit our own gardens and leave the rest.
But one trend we should all focus on in 2017 is looking after our garden wildlife and birdlife as more of our native garden visitors like hedgehogs, butterflies, bees and birds are less visible than ever before as their numbers have reduced over the last few decades.
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Much as I have enjoyed the almost balmy days of December I have to report that I am delighted to have a bit of a nip in the air at last. Frosted intricately woven cobwebs glistening in the early morning glint of hazy sunshine and crunchy ground underfoot on an exhilarating walk in the woods or along the canal side or coast are what deepest winter days should be all about.
Monday, 19 December 2016 | Alison
I love Hollies. Not just in winter, but spring, summer and autumn too. I love to see them in a pot, grown as a 4ft standard with a lollipop ball of red berries and greenery and used as sentinels outside front doors, or as hedging in the countryside lanes or as stand-alone specimen trees in gardens or as scrubby shrubs under oaks and beech trees in ancient woodlands.