Laura’s light bulb moment

It’s me first this week as I’m rather fed up with being last. Specifically I’m fed up of hearing how prematurely E & L’s snowdrops; crocuses; tulips etc have bloomed in Sussex compared to mine which are still largely hunkered down in the Scottish tundra. But annoyingly, even my neighbours’ look more advanced.  I’ve decided to act.  My earliest blooms i.e. some frightened Iris reticulata which, unlike the lush photo above, force themselves through the lawn with the fragile stamina of Russian gymnasts  – will next year be overshadowed by some horticultural Usain Bolts. If you’re North of Manchester and

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Teucrium fruticans

I don’t really linger in the garden in February, but I do go round it every day whatever the weather, and love to notice all the subtle changes. The best time for this is in the early morning after a sharp frost: I never fail to be amazed by the transformations made by frost, and am reminded not to be overhasty in cutting down the stems of many perennials, grasses in particular. There is one plant which looks particularly good right now (quite unscathed by -6C a few days ago) and that is the shrubby germander, teucrium fruticans. Its curious,

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Gardening jobs for February

Thank you everyone who gave us feedback on the future of our blog. It was so useful and encouraged us to have a go at a ‘How To’ column – some ideas on things to be done in the garden at the appropriate season. And here it is! Here are some jobs that Elaine will be tackling in the next week or so: CHITTING POTATOES If you’re going to grow potatoes, now is the time to choose your varieties online or at a garden store. Never be tempted to ‘grow on’ supermarket potatoes – only seed-potatoes are guaranteed virus-free. Unless

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