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

Month: September 2017

Review: FutureLearn’s “Learn About The Weather”

Review: FutureLearn’s “Learn About The Weather”

  FutureLearn is a private company, owned by the Open University, which provides free online courses developed by various institutions. I had heard of FutureLearn but never looked at what it offered. I read about an interesting-sounding course called “Learn About The Weather”, which is billed […]

Weather Watch: Protecting tender plants

Weather Watch: Protecting tender plants

  Gardeners must keep a beady eye on the weather at the best of times. But at this time of year it becomes a mania – especially with the quick onset of Autumn we have been experiencing this September. As well as the day by […]

What’s at stake?

What’s at stake?

  I seem to have spent more time staking this August than in previous years.  The dry hot early summer followed by the deluges of the last month have led to huge bursts of growth. A lot of the staking I’d put in place in […]

Ideas for September

Ideas for September

  Change pots: With the days getting shorter and temperatures falling next month, it’s time to think about changing plants in your pots to give an Autumn/Winter display. I’ve done one of mine here.   Lawncare: September is the month for scarifying and giving your […]

Autumn/Winter Window Box

Autumn/Winter Window Box

  The autumnal weather this week made me think about changing some of my pots a little early. Some violas caught my eye at the garden centre, and suddenly I was planning my Autumn/Winter pots.   This one is very simple, and cheap. Three Viola […]