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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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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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