Garden Plants

May 02
BY Angela Slater
David Austin rose' Mortimer Sackler'
Cover that unsightly fence panel with glorious blooms and scent all summer 'Mortimer Sackler' (pictured above) READ MORE
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Apr 12
BY Angela Slater
David Austin rose' Darcey Bussell'
Tiny garden? Fill it with scent and colour by choosing compact plants Darcey Bussell (pictured above) READ MORE
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Dec 01
BY Angela Slater
hazelnuts
Growing hazelnuts provides a crop of nuts, bean poles and helps wildlife Hazelnuts (Corylus avellana; C. maxima), sometimes called cobnuts or filberts, are a really useful shrub/small tree for both wildlife and for cooking. The cobnuts are short, fairly round and have a short husk from which the nut protrudes but the filbert is long and has a husk which completely covers the nut. READ MORE
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Nov 14
BY Angela Slater
Cranberries in dish with Christmas decoration
Cranberries are essential for Christmas lunch and so easy to grow Cranberries are one of the staples of a Christmas lunch and the Thanksgiving dinner in the United States; homemade sauce is so much tastier than a jar from the supermarket. They are also great for making jam, juicing, drying and as a cocktail ingredient. They are easy to grow and require very little maintenance; even if you don’t... READ MORE
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Oct 24
BY Angela Slater
rose petals in sugar
Edible flowers can add a touch of colour to a plain green salad There’s no easier way to perk up a boring looking salad than by scattering on a few brightly coloured flower petals, or just freeze some into an ice cube and drop into a long cool drink. If all you have in your salad drawer are a few leaves and some cucumber and celery just add some nasturtium flowers, they contrast really well with... READ MORE
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Oct 13
BY Angela Slater
Autumn leaves at Hayes Garden World, Ambleside
Red, orange and gold leaves in autumn are one of natures spectacles Most deciduous trees and some shrubs turn gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow in the autumn just before they shed their leaves. As winter draws in the tree needs to conserve energy so pumping much needed nutrients to leaves is not viable. As the days become shorter there is not enough sunlight and moisture for the tree to... READ MORE
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Jul 13
BY Angela Slater
Vegetable garden with tools and Victorian cloche
Sheep wool and bracken prove the ideal replacement for peat-based compost Bracken is a major environmental problem here in the Lake District; it is taking over huge swathes of fell side and the more fertile in-bye pasture. It grows vigorously to waist height, causing problems for walkers and livestock and spreads rapidly. It also out-competes any other form of plant life so cutting down on... READ MORE
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Apr 08
BY Angela Slater
Primulas in purple containers
Plant your spring containers following our easy guide Planting up a spring container is fairly easy and straightforward and does so much to lift the spirits at the end of a dark, wet, dreary winter. As there is only a limited choice of plants it is much more straightforward than planting summer containers. We have used: READ MORE
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Mar 30
BY Angela Slater
Winter hedgerow
Plant bare root soft fruit, hedging and trees in winter and early spring Bare root trees, soft fruit and hedging are supplied without soil; they usually come wrapped in sacking. These plants are deciduous and are supplied when they are dormant and leafless in winter; usually between late October and March. Usually they are cheaper than container grown plants. Many of the soft fruits and hedging... READ MORE
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Mar 24
BY Angela Slater
container planted with spring plants: daffodils, primulas, ivy
Plant your spring containers and hanging baskets with our easy guide Now that spring finally appears to be around the corner, lambs are in the fields, daffodils are out and the days are longer, why not plant up a container with colourful spring bedding. There are very few bedding plants which flower in spring so add some small bulbs and evergreens to give an extra dimension. READ MORE
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