Friday, 17 February 2017 | Alison
A sign that the New Year is well underway and spring is not too far in the distance is the welcome sight of Hellebore plants in flower during the mid-winter/early spring garden. Hellebores begin to bloom in January and are often at their best during February. What a joy it is to see Hellebores growing alongside other winter beauties like Snowdrops, Aconites and Crocus.
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Curling up by a warm fire alongside the cat or dog may seem very appealing during the dark, dank days of February, but there will be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of brighter days with extended daylight hours and crisp sunny days. If you wrap up warmly, it is always worth ‘doing’ an hour in your garden or at the very least take a stroll down the garden path. I find the extra layers are soon taken off when digging, raking or planting… just remember to take them inside when you have finished for the day as a frozen scarf is not at all nice to wrap around your neck the next time you need it… and yes I have left mine looped around the pear tree recently.
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.