How do you solve a problem like September?

Like the other pantomime sisters, Elaine and Laura hurried off this week to join erudite company (the Garden Media Guild), leaving me (the younger, more attractive one if you recall) back at my home to start this week’s post on September. Although who actually plans for their September garden? Obviously prepping for spring bulbs is VITAL because we’re desperate for something to happen in the New Year. But planning for September is like ordering the 2am sausage rolls for a wedding dance – who really cares? Aren’t we all wrecked and ready for home by then? Obviously gardeners with...

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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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Battle lines are drawn over snowdrops

If snowdrops flowered in midsummer we would probably  barely notice their presence. We might even find them a nuisance the way they clump up so quickly and leave behind a great mound of boring foliage which must be religiously left to feed the cursed little bulbils for next year. I can almost feel myself reaching for the Roundup. Louise’s Great Plant this Month shows a far more attractive winter flowering star. But snowdrops have the immense good sense to flower at a time when we are all sick of cold cheerless days of frost, when their promise of better things to...

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