Month: August 2017

Review: Woodland Trust British Tree Identification App

Review: Woodland Trust British Tree Identification App

  Between you and me – I can struggle to identify a tree at a glance. So I was excited this week to see that the excellent Woodland Trust has brought out a tree identification app. Armed with my iPhone, I set off for a…

Ideas for August

Ideas for August

Visit gardens with later Summer borders and prairie plantings. Many of these will be at their height, so don’t miss out.   In the garden: Weeding and Deadheading. It’s the bread and butter of the summer months.   Planning ahead: Start taking cuttings of tender…

Border Control

Border Control

  Encountering overgrown borders can be daunting. Particularly if you are trying to restore them, and working on a budget, rather than being able to go for raze, remove, replant. Sorting through, and watching the development of your plants may reveal some gems, as well…

Chelsea. Chelsea! CHELSEA!!!

Chelsea. Chelsea! CHELSEA!!!

  We professionals are supposed to maintain a certain nonchalance about the Chelsea Flower Show. Is it the flagship of British horticultural endeavour, or is it a bit like Ladies’ Day at Ascot, with flowers instead of horsies? I embarrass myself with some colleagues by…

Digging up the Bluebells

Digging up the Bluebells

“Why are you digging up the bluebells? They’re so pretty!” This is the comment I have had all week from garden owners and passers-by. I love bluebells, so I can see why their removal will seem like a contradiction. There are a couple of factors.…