Author: Nicky

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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A Potful of Colour!

I’ve been busy potting bulbs to sell in spring, a little job I do every year and usually find something for my own garden. I’ve almost finished potting the tulips, and noticed some little species tulips that I fancy; these will add some vibrant colour next to my new stepping stones in the new area…
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It’s getting chilly!

Waking up to chilly frosty morning is certainly a shock to the system even for an avid gardener like me, but once that sun has been out for a while it feels great to be out and about. I love the way the frost coats the stems and branches of shrubs and trees and how…
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There’s Always Something!

It’s wonderful on a mild sunny autumn morning to have a walk around the garden and see the summer flowering plants have their last little fling before going to sleep for the winter. Apart from my days off mornings are the only times I get in the garden now that it’s autumn. My red hot…
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Still lots to do!

All year I work outside whatever the weather, but at home I’m a fine weather gardener and I’m already feeling these chilly autumn days, giving me a real sense of urgency to get on with the last few things that I need to do in my garden before the winter arrives. I don’t particularly look…
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Trees for small gardens!

Last time I wrote about birches for medium to large gardens, now here are some trees for small gardens. The most popular choices are the smaller varieties of ornamental cherries, crab apples, sorbus and hawthorns. At flowering time they’re covered in pretty, colourful blossom and most produce fruit of some description. The most common varieties…
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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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