Thinking ahead – Grow How Tips for Late August

Once we’re into late August, it’s hard for a gardener not to start thinking about next summer! So some of my tips this week have something of a forward-planning theme – planting bulbs, trimming lavender, improving the compost-heap….. BULBS FOR THE FUTURE If you’ve been wowed by a stand of lilies this summer either your own or someone else’s, then start to investigate buying and planting more, anytime from now until the end of September.  Planting such bulbs as Lilium regale now rather than in spring, gives them a chance to really establish before the winter sets in. These were...

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Grow-How Tips for Mid-August

So how’s it all going for you?! In this year of peculiar weather, many of us will have been in unknown territory – how have our plants fared through a bitter late winter, a sopping spring, and now a roasting summer?  Strange botanical goings-on, worthy of The X-Files (cue the spooky music) but regardless, a gardener’s work is never done…. TAKING STOCK August is a great time to walk slowly round your garden with a notebook and pen and look critically at everything.  Make a note of plant-combinations that look fabulous even if they were inadvertent (mine very often are!),...

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