Maintenance Jobs for the May Garden

I think May is the best month for gardens, with all the freshness of spring and the promise of summer to come. Just taking a leisurely stroll through a garden can lift the spirits, so make the most of May’s warmer weather and get out there! Now is the time to ‘change your bedding’! Spring bedding plants will soon be … Read More

Things to Keep You Busy in the April Garden

The days are warming up, but nights can still be cold so be aware of sharp frosts. It’s tempting to put out tender young plants but be careful: don’t buy bedding plants until next month, unless you have a greenhouse. If your borders have ‘bare patches’, now is a good time to sow hardy annuals outdoors. Good example are love-in-a-mist, … Read More

Sheena’s Star Plant of the Month: Dicentra Spectabilis

Dicentra Spectabilis

Dicentra Spectabilis is an ideal plant for a shady border, especially if you like the country cottage look. As well as the pink species there is an attractive white one – great for a woodland look. Its common names are ‘Bleeding Heart’ and ‘Dutchman’s Breeches’, obviously derived from the unusual shape of the flowers. It’s a good one to grow … Read More

Jobs for the April Garden

a row of snails

With the warmer weather and spring rains, now we will almost certainly see an increase the gardener’s chief foes – slugs and snails. They can cause enormous damage to young plants so if you are not gardening organically, the easiest way to protect vulnerable new growth is to spread a few slug pellets around the base of the plants that … Read More

April: The Busiest Month in the Garden!

Of all the months, April is the one in which the garden changes most dramatically. Things suddenly begin to look green and vibrant and the warmer days and lighter evenings gladden the heart of every gardener. So, it’s time to shake off the winter blues and get stuck into the shrubbery. This is the busiest month of the gardening year … Read More