Author: Nicky

Wonderfully Perfume and Tactile Plants!

Now that the weather is warming up its amazing how quickly everything is filling out and I’m relieved to see that everything appears to have survived the winter. As a gardener and wildlife enthusiast I love seeing and hearing bees busy buzzing around the garden, they’re enjoying my pulmonarias and other spring flowering plants.  I’m…
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Colourful Foliage for Ground Cover

The best attributes of plants are not always their flowers but their interesting foliage and the way that they can be used around the garden to great effect in brightening up a dull area or creating a colourful tapestry of colour and texture. Some colourful compact clump forming hardy perennials are the heucheras and x…
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A Taste of Summer, Home Grown Tomatoes!

One of the big giveaways that spring is definitely here regardless of the weather is the arrival of young tomato plants into the garden centre. I don’t think that you can beat a warm fresh home grown tomato picked straight from the plant. So much more satisfying and tastier than shop ones, you know exactly…
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Finishing off those last little projects!

Time is running out now that I can only garden on my days off. I still have two garden projects I’d like to complete before the winter. The first priority is to clear the last area of gravelled ground where my palms used to be, a constant reminder of what I lost during the cold…
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Beautiful Clematis

Last year’s excessive rainfall highlighted my biggest problem in the garden, the dry heavy clay soil, despite all dug in well-rotted manure, mushroom compost and composts it’s constantly drained of moisture from the huge poplars and leylandii from neighbouring gardens. That’s the thing about gardening, no matter what sort of a garden we want to…
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A new spring in my step!

It only takes an odd blue sky and a spring like warm day to give the sense that spring is on its way. I’m pretty sure just like a lot of others I get SAD in winter, but every moment I can get I spend in my garden. I think the winter has felt colder…
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More Spring Colour!

The garden did look pretty with that first coating of snow the other week, but I was pleased to see the back of it. During that time I only went into the garden to put out fresh food and water for the birds. The ground cover plants were hidden except for a Hellebore hybrid. It’s…
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Thinking Ahead 2013

This cold snap may have stopped the spring bulbs in their tracks for now, but I’m sure you keen gardeners with greenhouses, sheds or even a kitchen work top will keep busy working and planning towards the next season. If you’re feeling the cold and looking for some inspiration here are a few plants to…
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New paving has made such a difference with the ground being so wet.

At last it’s January, lighter mornings and evenings! I’ve missed spending time in my garden during autumn into winter because going to work only leaves days off to do anything. After walking around it the other day before going to work I left feeling very happy and satisfied that the hard work I put in…
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Narcissus or Daffodil?

I love daffodils, they’re already poking out the ground in my garden and because I do not like winter I have an image of those sunny little flower heads in my mind to carrying me on towards spring. I’m often asked about the difference between narcissi and daffodils, there isn’t anything physical. Narcissus is the…
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