4 01, 2019

Top of the list this January in the garden

January 4th, 2019|

If you need help in getting your garden ready for spring please contact us Wisteria needs pruning in summer and winter to encourage flower buds and control vigorous growth. Prune in January or February when the plant is dormant and leafless, cutting side shoots back to two or three buds. Tidy it up before the [...]

23 12, 2018

A Gardener’s Christmas

December 23rd, 2018|

´Twas the night before Christmas, And all through the yard The branches were bare And the ground frozen hard; The roses were dormant And mulched all around To protect them from damage If frost heaves the ground; The perennials were nestled All snug in their beds, While visions of fertilizer Danced in their heads; The [...]

21 12, 2018

Christmas herb

December 21st, 2018|

The quintessential holiday herb, rosemary is as classic as the Christmas tree. Its association with Christmas dates back long before the poster child poinsettia had anything to do with it. Rosemary is believed to have been one of the plants in the manger where baby Jesus was cradled. In the Middle Ages, people believed that [...]

12 12, 2018

EVERGREENS

December 12th, 2018|

EVERGREENS Evergreens have long been used at Christmas in many forms including wreaths, garlands and, of course, trees. The Christmas tree is a staple of the holidays. Lights and ornaments provide an atmosphere of joy and happiness. Evergreen trees were seen as a symbol of hope of spring returning in the barren European winter by [...]

7 12, 2018

There are many plants associated with the Christmas holidays.

December 7th, 2018|

There are many plants associated with the Christmas holidays. Most of the plants bought to celebrate the holiday season have little meaning to us other than nostalgia or aesthetic beauty. Many of the plants used around the holiday season are not just pretty, they have deeper meaning if you look at symbolism from early uses [...]

3 12, 2018

There are always things to do in the garden in December.

December 3rd, 2018|

There are always things to do in the garden in December. These simple gardening tasks will offer some calm and relief amid the busyness of the festive season. They are also a great way to get some fresh air and exercise to burn off those Christmas calories! Things to do in the garden in December [...]

18 11, 2018

November in the Garden

November 18th, 2018|

1.    November is the traditional time to plant deciduous trees and shrubs. 2.    Prune and/or train deciduous trees to keep them growing in the desired direction. 3.    Mulch bare vegetable areas to prevent winter rain from washing nutrients out of the soil. You should also mulch over dormant perennials to protect them from winter cold. [...]

9 11, 2018

Remembering the Great War:

November 9th, 2018|

Three flowers, three ways of remembering the Great War: the French Bleuet, the British Poppy and the German Vergissmeinnicht. Each of these flowers became the symbol of a nation’s remembrance towards its veterans. The cornflower: Nickname of the French soldiers coming back from the trenches of the Great War wearing their new uniform bleu horizon, [...]

29 10, 2018

What is ash dieback?

October 29th, 2018|

Ash dieback affects ash trees and is caused by fungus. It blocks the water transport systems in trees causing leaf loss, lesions in the wood and on the bark and ultimately the dieback of the crown of the tree. This disease was first described in Poland in 1992 and has since swept westwards throughout Europe. It [...]