Friday, 31 January 2020  |  Alison
February in the Garden 2020

When February comes around I love the anticipation of a new growing season ahead.  Even though we are still in winter, this year you can sense that the garden is coming alive as snowdrops, hellebores and anemones appear like magic. When I walk around my garden (which I try to do every day) I always notice if something has changed. Today it was a tree peony that I only put in last year as a small plant but already it has begun to shoot again ready for this year’s flower, or two, if I’m lucky. Here are some jobs to be doing in the garden over the next month:-


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5 CommentsThursday, 9 January 2020  |  Alison
January in the Garden 2020

It’s a new year and a new decade. 2020 has arrived and there is a gentle hint of spring to come, with the tips of spring bulbs peeping through the soil and hellebores and snowdrops beginning to take centre stage in the borders.

If, like me, you had a nasty bout of flu during December, then yours and my garden need some TLC, so wrap up warm and get into the outdoors. Even half an hour a day can make all the difference. I think the key is to do little and often in the winter months and as you see jobs that need doing, jot them down (keep a pen and pad handy). Do not try and tackle it all in one go. All you will do is exhaust yourself, and pull a muscle.  

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Thursday, 9 January 2020  |  Alison
The Fertile Nile of Egypt

Think of Egypt and probably the Pyramids, Tutankhamun Treasures and the River Nile probably come to mind, rather than plants and gardening.  My recent trip to Egypt (or Eggwhite, as my dad said they called it when he was at junior school circa 1938), had me also pondering on the Agatha Christie novel ‘Death on the Nile’ and I was fully expecting a murder to happen whilst on a cruise along the Nile. Thankfully this didn’t happen, although sitting on the sunny deck of the boat lazily sipping on a chilled gin & tonic, watching life go by on the banks of the River Nile, I could imagine stepping back in time and such a thing taking place…..

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Monday, 6 January 2020  |  Alison
Brookside Nursery Guide to Top Gardening Trends in 2020

Out with the old and in with the new – decade that is, not that piece of string attached to the metal frame of your greenhouse or those broken crocks sitting in an already broken pot you have been holding onto since the summer of 2018, or is that just me?  They will get used, eventually, and we gardeners have been saving these sorts of things for years. It is now called recycling.
Its 2020 – as good a reason as any to take stock, re-evaluate and make a list of improvements or changes you would like to make in the coming year in your garden, allotment or balcony. With this in mind I have taken a peek into my foggy crystal ball to see what is trending in the world of gardening for the start of the new decade.

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