Frost and snow look beautiful especially at Christmas – but your plants may not be as happy.  Be prepared to brush the snow off established trees and bushes such as Juniper, as well as newly planted trees since the weight of the snow can break branches.    Remove the snow from paths and driveways as […]

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November is a month when everything changes in the garden.  Temperatures drop, the first ground frosts appear.  Trees and shrubs reveal their skeletons as leaves disappear from branches, covering the ground below in a wonderful mass of gold and red.   For gardeners, it is a call to action.  Although a beautiful sight, those leaves […]

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May is one of the most changeable months of the year. It can be warm and sunny one minute; cold, rainy and even freezing the next. For a gardener this can be a nightmare. With young seedlings growing fast and being hardened off prior to planting outside, keeping watch on the temperature is absolutely essential. […]

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Spring is definitely here with daffodils, primroses and forsythia bursting into colour, quickly followed by hyacinths, tulips and flowering cherries. Everywhere you look in the garden, leaves and flowers are appearing. It also marks the start of a very busy period for gardeners. It is not just flowers that grow – so do the weeds. […]

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With the first tiny daffodils rearing their heads in the flower borders amid masses of purple, white and golden crocuses, it is clear hint that spring is on the way. The garden is beginning to wake up after the winter cold. It is beautiful but also a reminder that there is much to do in […]

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February is a fantastic month in the garden because new life suddenly begins to appear. Snowdrops, aconites, crocuses and early daffodils begin to burst into bloom creating eye catching patches of colour. Yet there is still work to be done! Complete the pruning of trees and shrubs, giving priority to removing any dead wood. If […]

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Frost and snow inevitably appear sometime in January so it is important to make sure that your garden is ready to cope with bad weather. If you have any plants overwintering in the greenhouse or cold frames, make sure that windows are closed and plants are insulated from the cold. A layer of bubble wrap […]

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Any remaining tomatoes growing outside should be picked and used to make chutney. Apples and pears are ready for harvesting. Any fruit lying on the ground may attract wasps desperate for food before the onset of winter. They can get very aggressive so take great care when picking up fallen fruit. With leaves turning brilliant […]

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With autumn now on its way, this is the perfect time to refresh and tidy up the garden. Although night time temperatures are beginning to get much cooler, daytime temperatures can still be quite high, so many plants may need watering regularly. Feed and dead head hanging baskets and annuals, as this will bring on […]

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It’s holiday time but do not ignore the garden. If you are going away, take a little time to prepare the garden first. A little bit of forethought will make sure that your garden stays looking good and is in good condition when you return. Pick all ripe fruit and vegetables, freeze or give them […]

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