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

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. […]