Getting to grips with your clematis – Grow-How Tips for February

Mid-February and I just know that you are desperately in need of some tips on what to do in the garden at this murky time of year.  It won’t be long before you’re overwhelmed with spring tasks, so tick off a few now and feel that you’re ahead of the game! COPING WITH CLEMATIS Clematis-pruning is one of those subjects that can send shivers down the spine of many a keen gardener – What time of year to do it? How much to cut off? And most of all, what happens if I do it wrong, or not at all? So...

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Lilies, tree-shaping and tool-sharpening – tips for December

How to plant lily bulbs and how to crown-lift evergreen trees, as well as get some soul-improving tool maintenance done – these are the tasks I’m covering this week.  So take a break from the hectic Christmas shopping and menu-planning, and escape into the garden for a bit….   LOVELY LILIES FOR YOU If the ground isn’t frozen, now is a good time to plant some lilies in a sunny place (though it’s even better if their roots are in shade, and their heads are in the sun), to bring beauty and scent next year. First of all, don’t buy...

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Grow-How Tips for Late August

I do hope this holiday season is going spiffingly well for you.  There is a more easeful air about the garden in August. In Scotland, the children are already back at school and in our gardens almost everything that was going to happen, has now happened, apart from the late flowerers and the harvesting of fruit and veg.  There are still a few nice little tasks you might consider while you wander around assessing your garden performance this year and wondering if you can throw the barbie away rather than clean it (you really can’t). ROSES FOR FREE Everyone...

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Grow-How Tips for July

What an amazing run of hot weather we’ve had! And what a lot of opportunities to sit back in a shady nook and admire all your fabulous gardening efforts so far this year. Certainly much of the urgency has gone out of the tasks but for those who don’t like to sit around for long, here are a few ideas to get you up out of your deckchair: TAKING THE PLAIN OUT OF THE FANCY Variegated shrubs and even trees can sometimes develop an un-variegated shoot which can grow vigorously and even swamp your pretty plant if you let...

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