Did you watch any of the Chelsea Flower Show this year, or were you lucky enough to visit? Nature took a front row feature this year, with multiple show gardens highlighting the importance. It seems a silly thing to highlight in gardening, but over the years chemicals and perfection have made what should be havens into uninhabitable places for creatures. It can be hard to get out of the mindset of planting only your favourite plants and attacking any aphid that arrives, but for the past few years we have tried to increase the naturalisation of our garden. Here are a few things we did to help.
In The Garden – Things to do in March
A few garden ideas for the end of March. Read more
Spring is here – helping wildlife recover from hibernation
Spring is here, the clocks change soon. Birds are starting to sing more as they start to nest and bees, butterflies and hedgehogs are all starting to come out of hibernation. Here are a few tips on making your garden friendly for nature. Read more
Now is a perfect time to practise flower arranging. Especially if you have a garden full of blooms.
It is also a wonderful way to make the house feel fresh, without having to do much. Whether you pick your flowers or buy them, here are a few tips for flower arranging. Read more
In the Garden February
Spring is coming, can you feel it? With Spring comes a lot more to do in the garden. Now is when early seeds such as sweet peas and bluebells need sowing now.
Early Spring plants often do their own thing. Snowdrops and crocus unfold add add colour to the garden, providing food for early bumblebees and other insects, before delicately disappearing and leaving space for late spring flowers. Daffodils are currently peeping out too ( they need a bit more care as they need to be deadheaded to allow more energy to go to the bulb after the flower is over.)
It is also a good time to plan what you want in your garden later in the year. So you can plant out seeds and seedlings at the right time.
Sweet Peas (a favourite of mine) can be sown either inside in a cool room, or under a cloche outside. And hardy annuals and some other plants such as Lilies can be sewn in pots.
Wisteria, hardy evergreen hedges, conservatory climbers, winter flowering shrubs which have finished for the year.
February can be a mix of weather and frost is likely, so it is important to protect seeds and blossom (such as peach blossom) from cold snaps.
Chit potato tubers, prepare vegetable beds and some vegetable seeds can be sown at this time of year too (check the packets if you are unsure).
Gardening in July
July is a beautiful time of the year. It is the time when the garden is blooming and you get to see out of the plants and flowers you spent all spring tending. Read more
Our tips for looking after your garden in May. Including getting your vegetables ready and what to plant. Happy Gardening lovely people.
Build your own hedge fund In this fast paced, financially driven world, money seems to be the ultimate goal for most. What to invest in, where to put your money, what is the best return for your buck?
This simple, straightforward guide on investing in a ‘hedge’ fund will guide you through:
- What to invest in.
- The benefits of a ‘hedge’ fund.
- The returns on your ‘hedge’ fund. Read more
April is when gardens start to bloom. Embracing spring and growth. This means it is one of the busiest months for gardening. Sowing seeds, weeding and starting to keep on top of the grass again. Read more
Gardens can be a wonderful place to relax and recharge. They can also be a great place for children to learn about plants and nature. One of the lovely things about the garden is it can be a lovely, safe space for nature. Bees, butterflies and hedgehogs are all decreasing in number, and all need a little help and a little more space. Here are a few ways to help your garden be more eco-friendly and encourage wildlife into your garden. Read more