RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 2017 preview

Yorkshire garden holds second annual show, June 23-25

Harlow Carr Show
Thousands of Alliums pepper the Main Border at RHS Harlow Carr. Picture; RHS/SIRA Studio

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Harrogate’s Harlow Carr plays host to another three-day flower show, set against the backdrop of its stunning gardens.

There is a full programme of talks, demonstrations, and chances to shop for rare plants and unusual gardening paraphernalia at special show prices.

Once you’ve had enough, escape the crowds with a stroll in the garden: don’t miss the Streamside spectacle of dolly-mixture candelabra primulas and almost 8,000 alliums in the Main Border. Continue reading “RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 2017 preview”

Buy your dad a shed for Father’s Day

Give him his own special hidey-hole

Tall Garden Store
Tall Garden Store. Picture; The Forest Garden

Before you buy yet another tie for your dad this Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18), why not club together with brothers and sisters to give him the ultimate man gift – a shed.

Every man needs a bolthole to hide in, somewhere to store his garden tools, a place to relax outside with the family or somewhere to start growing fruit and vegetables, and Forest Garden has a good range of timber garden products.

For DIY dads who like handy space to store their gardening tools and equipment, Forest’s Tall Garden Store offers a compact storage solution.

It features two shelves, allowing plenty of space at the bottom to Continue reading “Buy your dad a shed for Father’s Day”

B&Q bans neonicotinoids on flowering plants

Growers banned from using pesticides for February 2018 range

Bee Sedum
Garden plants like this Sedum are a prime food source for bees

To help support wildlife and address the declining bee population, B&Q is to ban neonicotinoid pesticide use on its flowering plant range, available from February 2018.

The move means the retailer is the first to commit to ensuring no neonicotinoid pesticides are used in the cultivation of flowering plants, particularly pollinators where they present the biggest risk of harm to bees. Continue reading “B&Q bans neonicotinoids on flowering plants”

Chelsea Gardening Product of the Year

13 innovative new gardening must-haves

Bosch Lawn & Garden EasyCut 12
Bosch Lawn & Garden EasyCut 12. Picture; RHS Media Image Centre

It’s the most coveted prize in the horticultural sundries world – who will win the 2017 Chelsea Gardening Product of the Year?

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has chosen 13 of the most exciting, cutting-edge gardening products this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (May 23-27), sponsored by M&G Investments.

The competition was launched in 2011 to recognise the best new garden products at the show. An expert Continue reading “Chelsea Gardening Product of the Year”

Gardening and climate change: RHS report

Not so grim up north in RHS’s climate change report

Canary Island date palm
Echoes of holidays… drought tolerant Canary Island date palm (which stays outside all winter), Cordyline and geraniums

Despite many people in power’s rhetoric, most gardeners in the UK see on a daily basis that climate change is a fact of life.

From my garden in NE England, milder winters, drier springs and erratic weather patterns have changed the way I garden over the past few years – my base rule is now drought tolerance.

Wherever we live, the climate is going to change the way we all garden, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has claimed in a new report.

In Gardening in a Changing Climate, the lawn could become a thing of the past (hurray); gardeners in the north could enjoy a longer growing season (hurray) and pests and diseases could become established in new areas (boo). Continue reading “Gardening and climate change: RHS report”

Gardening to help mental health

How gardening helped my depression

I’ve not always been such a happy chappy – that’s why we need to talk openly about mental illness and mental health

It can only be a good thing that people are talking about mental illness and health – Princes Harry and William opening up about their experiences after their mother’s death, the Heads Together charity and the documentary, Mind over Marathon.

My family, like most others, has suffered from one form of mental illness or another – my grandmother was bipolar, nearly everyone has suffered from Continue reading “Gardening to help mental health”