Author: Nicky

Trees for thought!

I think one of the hardest things to choose is a tree, more so if the garden is already planted. It’s very important to get it right because if you don’t then you will be looking at it for a long time. It’s worth looking around and doing a little research first. A tree can…
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Colourful and Versatile!

Do you like conifers? Before I started working at the garden centre my first thought when someone mentioned the word ‘conifer’ was the huge hedging conifer known as ‘Leylandii’. There are five tall uncut ones at the end of my garden on the other side of the fence. I don’t think that they’ve ever been…
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Some Late Season Observations!

As the evenings are drawing in I’m sure that I’m not alone in feeling the pressure of trying to get my garden projects completed or at best a point to stop until early next year. Regardless of what needs doing sometimes I do like to just sit back, do nothing, but look around. I love…
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Good for Wildlife and Us!

After all the rain we’ve had this year I can’t help but notice how good the crab apple trees look, they are full of fruit for the autumn and winter, making them a great source of food for wildlife. They are good for us too because they are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, but…
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Flowers for late summer colour

I enjoy working and being creative in my garden, adding and moving plants around. Dead-heading and generally keeping everything looking good for as long as possible keeps me busy, but I also love just spending time looking at everything and taking it all in, enjoying what I’ve created. This week I’ve noticed how many plants…
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Easy growing perennials!

This year I haven’t had chance to work or enjoy my garden as much as I usually do because with all the wet weather we’ve had I’ve found it hard going, a lot of flowers have come and gone hardly noticed. I’ve been taking out the dead flower stems so that they will put out…
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Ferns for the garden

The rain seems relentless and is making it very difficult to work in the garden, but I have to admit my plants have never looked as good and lush as they do now. Over the last couple of months I’ve been planting ferns in my wildlife/woodland garden and in a newly dug area too where…
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Plenty of Summer Fragrance!

My Photinia x f. ‘Red Robin’ has some wonderful exotic looking red, white and yellow flowers appearing through its red and green foliage. A climbing honeysuckle is twining itself through its branches and is beginning to give the Phoinia a new and impressive look, but I’ll have to prune it out a bit next year…
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A Butterfly Magnet!

One of my main interests other than gardening is wildlife. There is one beautiful shrub that will always attract my attention during summer, not just for its wonderful fragrant colourful flowers but the wildlife that it attracts. The Buddleja is the Butterfly Bush, its one of the most popular plants on the butterfly menu and…
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The plants are a lot brighter with that sunshine!

Did you enjoy watching the Chelsea Flower Show last week? I certainly did, and with the show and warm weather it’s motivated me to get ‘stuck into’ part of my garden that I’ve wanted to work on but have made slow progress because of the persistent rain. We often say ‘right plant for the right…
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