Friday, 27 September 2019 | Alison
Much as we may not want to see summer days slipping away for another year, there is something special about the sunlight during October, especially on warm days, that makes it a pleasure to walk around the garden and appreciate the last vestiges of late summer flowers and watch the long shadows spread across the lawn. The gradual sweep into autumn means that it is time to start to put the garden in some sort of order for the coming colder months so with this in mind:-
Thursday, 5 September 2019 | Alison
I hope that your gardens, vegetable plots, hanging baskets, allotments, balconies, pots or window boxes have brought you joy this summer. My garden has been very green this summer and I have loved it. What a difference from last year’s drought, unbearably hot temperatures making plants go into hibernation and the rather unbecoming straw-like lawn that miraculously recovered as soon as the rain touched it. That’s is one of the things I love about gardening – you know what you are hoping for from plants, but nature may have other plans, and you have to go with the flow and enjoy the ride.
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 | Alison
What a summer of contrasts we are having this year; one day it is scorching hot and railway cables are melting and the next day we have thousands of lightning strikes and thunderstorms sweeping across the UK causing flooding; this all keeps us gardeners on our toes whatever the weather.
July and August are generally our hottest months of the year and it is also holiday time for many of us, so with this in mind I have put together a reminder of small tasks that may need doing in your garden over the high summer months.
Brookside Nursery Top Tips for the summer months:-
1 CommentWednesday, 24 July 2019 | Alison
With the annual spring Flower Festival taking place in Madeira, usually during May, it is arguably one of the best times to visit the island of Madeira, especially if you are a garden and flower lover. Spring is celebrated Madeiran style, when communities and families come together and the streets alongside the wide sea facing promenade are brimming with a sumptuous procession of floats adorned with colourful and exotic flower displays. Troupes of children and adults are equally adorned in bright and imaginative floral costumes, each bearing a flower tiara, corsage or bouquet. There are pavement flower carpets, floral street murals, competitions for best dressed shop windows and many flower stalls, all making a hugely vibrant and scented spectacle. So, with a tourist book of gardens to visit, I flew to sub-tropical Madeira in May with a fellow gardening friend, both of us keen to enjoy a week visiting some gardens, take in the ambience of Madeira and generally relax by the hotel pool and catch up.