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We’re three, ahem, maturing sisters who love gardening, plants and horticulture as well as having a good laugh and a bit of family banter. We’ve got a Great Plants this Month column from our friend Louise Sims; Elaine’s regular ‘Grow-how’ tips on garden tasks; some ‘Grow-to’ garden reviews and we’ll ’big up’ things we think you’ll like.
We really hope you enjoy your visit here….
Experienced gardener and thoroughly good egg, Louise Sims shares some of her favourite plants
Elaine’s gardening tips and short-cuts for every month or season of the year
The Growbags write about gardens they’ve visited..we’d be happy to publish one from you too!
Some things that we like and you might like too?
It’s that time of the year when you need to rely on a core backbone of plants to burst onto the scene and provide volume and colour through the hottest months. Here in the south east where each summer seems to be warmer and drier than the last (sorry Caroline but it was your choice to live in Scotland….) we canny gardeners have had evolve our midsummer plant choices to include some newer drought tolerant introductions. 1. Veronicastrum. If you have an open airy spot you really can’t beat these North American prairie plants that build systematically through early summer and then...
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This foxglove is a jewel! I know I’m on to a winner when each time I pass a plant I find myself stopping and staring at the wonder of it, and my selection this week is no exception. It is also an absolute magnet for every passing bee which just adds to the interest The ‘Rusty foxglove’ is more likely to be a short-lived perennial than a biennial and can be encouraged to behave as one by cutting back the spent stem right down to the basal rosette. However, do leave at least one seed head and you may be...
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Once July really kicks in, the goodies keep coming if you’ve done all your earlier spadework – early crops to pick, fruit ripening and flowers everywhere! But no time to rest on your laurels – let’s have a go at pruning the plum trees, taking semi-ripe cuttings and harvesting courgettes, amongst other jobs ……. PRUNING THE PLUM TREES There’s a nasty disease that plum trees are prone to, called Silver Leaf. If you see a silvery sheen on any leaves or a purple-white fungus on the branches, you must remove those branches immediately before the whole tree succumbs. The easiest...
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