Jobs to do in the January Garden

For the gardener, January is an exciting time. Days may be bleak and cold but they are getting longer and even at this time the garden is far from lacking in interest. Early bulbs are bravely starting to push their way through cold earth to brighten dark days – harbingers of an approaching spring. If you enjoy raising plants from … Read More

October Garden Maintenance Tips

Leaf Mould

Autumn’s fallen leaves are precious and shouldn’t be wasted in a garden. Rake them up to make leaf mold to be used next autumn as a mulch and soil improver. If they aren’t too wet, use the mower to break them up, especially if you have a large garden. The leaves decompose faster if broken up and kept damp. Make … Read More

Sheena’s Plant of the Month: Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’

Unlike most heathers, this attractive, slightly trailing, evergreen shrub will tolerate some alkaline in the soil, so if you love the look of heathers but don’t have an acid soil, this plant makes a good choice. The ideal situation for heathers is in a rock garden, where the soil is free draining. They will not tolerate being water-logged at all … Read More

A Happy New Year in the Garden

Shrubs that are flowering at the moment include one of my favourites, the winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima and L. x purpusii), which fills the air with wonderful scent. Left to its own devices, winter honeysuckle grows into a large shrub, but I grow mine as a climber on a trellis. It also makes a lovely cut flower, so you can … Read More