What’s hot and what’s not in your garden 2019

So what will the gardening trends be in 2019? E and I have been in Scotland with Caroline this week which gave us all a chance to review some of the pundits predictions on what’s hot for 2019. Gardens resistant to climate extremes. We really do need to prepare for climate Armageddon, but we’re not sure what sort. Caroline took us to a lecture organised by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society at the Edinburgh Botanic Garden on the native plants of the ‘….stans’ – Kurdistan, Turkmenistan etc where temperatures can fluctuate between plus 40 and minus 40 (yes it was...

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Crocus tommasinianus

The big reward for me gardening in January, is not only getting ahead of things while it’s relatively quiet, but also coming across all the tiny signs that spring is just around the corner. My special plant today may seem an obvious choice, but it never fails to stop me in my tracks with its delicate lilac flowers and their brilliant orange anthers. It never fails to stop the bumble bees either, being a rich source of early pollen. Frail as the flowers may look, it is a resilient little plant and copes well in quite tough surroundings. We...

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And the gardening year gets underway! Grow-how tips

Here we are, right at the start of a super new gardening year! So let’s get some early seed-sowing done, as well as some tree-pruning and a bit of veg planning, to satisfy our urge to be ‘up and doing’ after the excesses of Christmas: CHILLIES IN THE CHILLY SEASON You have to give chillies a good long run at it, if you want fabulous fruit at the end of the summer. They are frustratingly slow initially to germinate and then to start motoring, so get some going now with the aim of having some plumptious leafy well-rooted plants by midsummer,...

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10 garden projects to tackle before Easter

Let’s get 2019 off to a flying start by looking at some garden projects we can all get stuck into between now and Easter. Christmas can be tiring and New Year’s Eve can get a bit messy (particularly for my two sisters if the rumours are to be believed…) but we all know that gardening can rejuvenate our spirits, recalibrate our mental equilibrium and give us a green workout as well. So here goes, whether you’ve got a garden for the first time; only got pots on a doorstep or, like us, you’re creaking slightly at the hinges, here are...

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