Author: KateBurtonwood

Ideas for April

Ideas for April

  Weeding and Clearing: Get your beds and pots in good shape for the spring and summer. This helps plants grow as well as improving the look of your garden.   Try setting up a seed swap in your area. You might not want to…

The Reluctant Grower

The Reluctant Grower

    So I will be honest. The above shows the state of my vegetable patch. Despite working professionally as a gardener, I specialise in ornamental plants and I am a reluctant grower. Those who know me will often have heard me cast doubt as…

Ideas For March

Ideas For March

Hold off pruning and planting out tender plants until the frosts have passed. The weather in February may have been unseasonably hot, but we are still having frosty nights. Start mowing. The warmer weather has started the grass growing. If you haven’t had your mower…

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…