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Posted on 12:18pm Sunday 9th February 2014
I just love snowdrops. With their deceptively fragile beauty they are a sure sign that a new year of growth in our gardens is beginning. Who can help but smile with pleasure when they begin to show their nodding heads of exquisite little white flowers, tinged with the freshest of green. The legend associated with these brave forerunners of spring tells us that after the expulsion from Eden a kindly angel took pity on Eve who was crying desperately in the now barren wilderness. The angel blew on a snowflake turning it into a snowdrop and hope was born. The bulbs can be planted in the autumn or if you really want to see just what type you are planting a better way is to wait until spring and choose hybrids ‘in the green’. By doing this when the plants are in full leaf and you can really see what you are getting. They prefer a fertile and moisture retentive soil that has been enriched with plenty of organic matter. For a spectacular display plant in drifts under trees and shrubs. In time divide large clumps while they are in flower, or just after. Lift carefully and separate each bulb so that the leaves and roots are intact. Replant straight away at the same depth. I keep an eye on my neighbours’ gardens to see who has the best display of snowdrops and, of course, who had them in flower first. Last year I underplanted the apple tree that I am growing in a pot and whilst not yet in flower there are plenty of green shoots showing.
Posted on 9:31am Monday 11th March 2013
This valuable resource has been much loved by gardeners for many, many years.
Posted on 12:08pm Monday 29th October 2012
What a shock this weekend has been – snow showers and frost. Just as we were beginning to think the hardy annuals and perennials would last forever. With the help of a very good friend I had done a major rearrangement of my small garden a couple of weeks ago. Plants that had proved to be taller than expected, probably due to all the earlier rain, have now been moved to the back and the smaller plants that were outgrowing their given space have been spread out and a few new ones fitted in.
Posted on 10:14am Thursday 9th August 2012
For a touch of sheer elegance to your flower garden you don’t have to look further than iris. They really are one of those ‘no garden should be without’ plants. Not only surprisingly easy to grow and they come in a variety of forms including some that live happily in water, some that prefer a moist boggy area around ponds, whilst others will add their own impact in borders or rockeries.
Posted on 9:33am Sunday 15th April 2012
As a group they are both vigorous and relatively trouble-free - you would think that these two assets alone would make them highly prized but life doesn't seem to work that way and buddleias tend to be treated as poor relations in the plant world, seemingly because they have minimum requirements and will grow in most situations.
Posted on 6:24pm Monday 5th March 2012
Why is that camellias are overlooked by so many gardeners? Could it be because their dramatic and exotic blooms give the impression that they are difficult to look after?