National Allotments Week 2017

Find out your local events: August 14-20

It’s National Allotments Week and this year the theme is Growing the Movement, paying tribute to the hard work done by all those people who give up their time for free.

Voluntary association management committees, plot- Continue reading “National Allotments Week 2017”

Top 5 late-flowering roses

Three golden rules to prolong flowering

Rose Desdemona
Rose Desdemona

Keeping roses going until the first frosts is easy when you know how, especially if you choose varieties suited to late summer/early autumn flowering – here are five of the best from David Austin Roses.

There are three golden rules to follow:
1. Choose repeat-flowering varieties.
2. Keep dead-heading to promote new flowers.
3. Feed with a rose fertiliser in spring and summer to give them the energy to keep on flowering. Continue reading “Top 5 late-flowering roses”

RHS Wisley Flower Show 2017

A must for dahlia fans, September 5-10

Dahlias
Marion Watkinson in the National Dahlia Society Show tent at the 2015 show. Picture courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

Wisley’s 25th late summer show rounds off the season with a bang, featuring the National Dahlia Society Annual Show, displays, shopping from specialist nurseries and trade stands, National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) floral exhibits, expert advice and more.

If it’s unusual plants you’re after, a host of RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show medal winners are taking part. The National Dahlia Society Annual Show has more than 100 exhibitors taking Continue reading “RHS Wisley Flower Show 2017”

Cool Gardens: Pike Place Urban Garden, Seattle

Gardening gem in the Emerald City

In the first of my new series, Cool Gardens, highlighting inspiring and unusual growing places, I found a real gem – Pike Place Urban Garden, Seattle. The Emerald City lives up to its nickname – I’ll be writing about other gardens I stumbled upon too. Pictures by Gary Welford.

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Bare root plants and rose offer from Dobies

Cheaper, stronger plants with more choice

Dobies Autumn Catalogues 2017Going bare root is the savvy gardener’s choice – not only are plants cheaper than pot grown, there’s a wider choice of varieties to choose from. Plants are stronger, free-flowering and earlier to get going in spring.

Often people shy away from bare root because they don’t look great – they are dormant when they are sent out, unlike fresh-faced pot-grown plants.

However, planting in autumn when there’s still some Continue reading “Bare root plants and rose offer from Dobies”

How to get rid of a moth infestation

Record numbers eating UK out of house and home

The common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella)
The common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella)

Are you suffering a moth infestation? We are and we’re not alone. Moth numbers have soared this year, thanks to a combination of a mild winter and warm spring.

Modern-day housekeeping habits aren’t what they were – in the past, people had few clothes, valued them more and we looked after them properly.

Now, thanks mainly to cheap fashion, we buy vast quantities of clothes and stuff them into wardrobes – dark, warm places where moths – silvery-brown, about a  can breed merrily undisturbed.

Moths can cost a fortune – the larvae eat carpets, wool, cashmere, cotton, etc – so how to get rid of them without calling in pest control? Continue reading “How to get rid of a moth infestation”

Suttons Bulb and Kitchen Garden Catalogues 2017

Hottest new plants for next spring

Gardening is all about thinking what comes next and Suttons new Bulb and Kitchen Garden catalogues will brighten up next spring and give you inspiration for 2018’s harvest.

The Bulb Catalogue includes winter bedding plants, perennials, and shrubs, not just spring bulbs.

Cover star – and one of the best-looking flowers I’ve seen in a long time – is Ranunculus Clementine, with amazing orange blooms and vivid green centres. Continue reading “Suttons Bulb and Kitchen Garden Catalogues 2017”