kate burtonwood -- Lover of Green Things, rhs and botanically trained horticulturist, happy gardener

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Ideas for November

Ideas for November

A final mow of your lawn before winter might be in order. The recent warmer and wetter weather may have promoted some fresh growth.   If you are preparing pots to use in the home over winter (like Hyacinths or Paperwhites) you may want to […]

Ideas for October

Ideas for October

  Cut and bring in flower and seed heads for drying, to make winter arrangements. It is wonderful to have something from the garden in the house at any time. Poppy heads, thistles, helichrysum and fennel are just a few plants which are good for […]

Cutting Back

Cutting Back

  No, this isn’t a post about austerity. It’s the time of year when you look outside and see that the garden no longer looks full and vibrant. It just looks like it needs to be … a bit tidier. That’s not just the falling […]

Ideas for September

Ideas for September

  Watering: This month may be cooler, and have had some downpours, but it is still very dry and the winds will be increasing the drying effect on plants. Keep up regular watering of your pots and garden as you may note that plants which […]

Dreaming of next spring — Bulb planting

Dreaming of next spring — Bulb planting

  This is an exciting time of year: While the garden is beginning to look like it is fading after the summer, you can start preparing a blaze of colour for next year, by planting spring and summer flowering bulbs. Bulbs are usually vibrant flowerers […]

Ideas for August

Ideas for August

Review your borders: Particularly if you have newly-planted beds or borders, now is a good time to spot gaps or poor performers. Most borders will be at their peak in late summer, so reviewing now will give you a chance to think about whether you […]

Ideas for July

Ideas for July

  Drought is setting in so think carefully about your watering. Watering everything in your garden could be expensive and wasteful. Lawns and long-established planting will survive a long time without water. Concentrate on newly planted trees and shrubs and prized specimens. Cut back evergreens […]

Ideas for June

Ideas for June

  Prune shrubs which flower in late spring, such as Ribes and Philadelphus. Pruning after flowering means the plant will have time to develop new flowering stems for next year. See the RHS guidance here. Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes. It may seem like […]

Containers – Making an alpine trough

Containers – Making an alpine trough

  Today I planted up an alpine trough. I used a round shallow terracotta pot. I had the plants, compost and pot ready to go. It took me around half an hour to complete.     First fill the bottom of the pot with grit, […]

Container Gardens – My Top 5 Tips

Container Gardens – My Top 5 Tips

  A few people have asked me about “Container Gardening” (that’s plants in pots, in case it sounds technical), so I thought I should write an initial piece. It’s a huge topic and there are many experts who can help you along the way, so […]


This month

Ideas for November

Ideas for November

  • A final mow of your lawn before winter might be in order. The recent warmer and wetter weather may have promoted some fresh growth.

 

  • If you are preparing pots to use in the home over winter (like Hyacinths or Paperwhites) you may want to rake some moss from the garden to make a decorative finish. Clean the moss of twigs, leaves and grass and lay over top of the soil. It makes a lovely natural addition to the pot design.

 

  • Why not plant fruit trees? If you have space and want to grow your own apples, pears, plums, etc, these are a great investment.

 

  • Check the heating in areas where you store tender plants in winter. Whether it is in the house, an outbuilding or garage, you want to make sure your plants are frost-free, but not getting dried out.

 

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