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

Monthly Guide

Ideas for January

Ideas for January

  Winter pruning: Now’s the time to prune wisteria, some fruit trees and climbing roses. Additionally, if you haven’t been out properly since the winter snow, you may find damaged trees and shrubs you need to tidy up.   Plan ahead: Choose and order your […]

Ideas for December

Ideas for December

    Have a good tidy of the shed. It’s clichéd, but it’s a good way to spend some “outdoor” time inside. And if you find you’re missing some vital equipment you could always add it to the Xmas list.   Move plants – if […]

Ideas for November

Ideas for November

  Plant hedges: Now is a good time for bare root planting, and if you are thinking of installing some hedging (either evergreen or deciduous) mid autumn is ideal.   Repot Acers: In Autumn you can work on deciduous trees. Acers in particular will appreciate being […]

Ideas for October

Ideas for October

  Cut back borders: It’s time to chop your herbaceous plants to let them overwinter quietly in the ground.   Visit gardens with Autumn colour: Leaves are changing fast and soon they will be gone. Head out to great tree collections (I like Stourhead, Westonbirt and […]

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 […]

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 […]