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Taking Out the Competition!

Last year I incorporated a daily routine, weather permitting of course of what I call ‘speed gardening’ so my first speed gardening session this year has been tackling cleavers and hairy bittercress in my perennials. They are so annoying because the cleavers creeps through and sticks to any emerging foliage trying to strangle and suppress…
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IMPATIENS New Guinea hybrids

 It is always an exciting time when the summer bedding plants start to arrive on the garden centre and one of my particular favourites are the New Guinea Impatiens (Busy Lizzie).  Not to be confused with the lower-growing Impatiens Wallerana which is an excellent summer bedding plant for borders and containers, the New Guinea hybrids…
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A Few Easy To Grow Herbs In Your Garden!

There’s something really basic about going into the garden, getting close and personal with your plants choosing which young shoots look the best to pick thinking of how much tastier they are going to make that particular meal or drink that you are about to make. Just imagine those first new potatoes that you might…
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Gardenia Jaminoides Cape jasmine

    Following on from my last article concerning fragrant houseplants I think the Gardenia has to rate fairly high within this category.  It is not one of easiest of indoor plants to keep but, get it right and the results can be very rewarding.       Gardenias, which originate in China, have dark green very glossy…
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Its All Happening Now!

It’s Sunday morning before you read this and I’ve had my little walk around the garden it was a bit nippy out there. I was happy to see that one of the spring flowering clematis isn’t just growing up the Photinia ‘Red Robin’, but across the honeysuckle too and with lots of blue fat flower…
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Jasmine Polyanthum – Pink jasmine

     For lovers of fragrant indoor plants, Jasmine has to come fairly high up on the list of favourites. In the case of Jasminum polyanthum the common name of “pink jasmine” actually refers to the buds,  which open up as pure white flowers.      Jasmine is a natural climbing plant and is generally purchased as…
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Spring is Here!

Spring is such a wonderful and exciting time of year in my garden, the daffodils along with many other bulbs still have buds or flowers and the pulmonarias, epimediums, brunneras, ranunuculus, mukedenias, primroses, erythronium are just beginning to flower too! The anemone blanda and Chionodoxa luciliae known as ‘Glory of the Snow’ have gone mad,…
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Mothering Sunday – Treat her to a living gift

     By the time you read this column there will have been an explosion of colour  in the houseplant room, heralding the arrival of Mothering Sunday on the 26th March.  It is always nice to see all flowering plants together at this time of year as it also starts to feel really spring-like and that…
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Spring Open Evening – 15% DISCOUNT

We are delighted to announce our Spring Open Evening will be held on Thursday 13th April 3pm – 8pm. A FREE BBQ (even if it rains!) will be offered for all loyalty members and served from 5pm onwards. Across the store we will have many ‘better than 15% discount offers’ which proved extremely popular last…
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