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May 26, 2018

This month we have the lovely Japanese flowering crab apple. Such beautiful flowers in May that will brighten up any part of the garden. This stunning example if from a clients garden.

May 20, 2018

As the weather improves, I expect you will all start to enjoy your garden more, so here are a few tips to help you out.

1. National Gardening Week - partly in April but mostly in May, so I have included it. Not technically a job to do, but maybe an inspiration to get ou...

April 29, 2018

Another specimen from my own garden, this month's treasure is Kerria Japonica. Produces a stunning yellow display in April.

What's your plant of the month?

April 18, 2018

I have had several reminders that this months blog is late. No excuses, it just is! Anyway, down to business.

1. FREE Plants!
Has your bamboo got too big? April is the perfect month to divide your Bamboo. Water well and dig up then simply divide with a spade - you can b...

March 23, 2018

A personal favourite of mine that is making a bit of a resurgence in the plant word.


This beauty is in my own garden where I am creating a new shady bank. This is a beautiful red variety but camellias also typically can be pink, white and yellow.

Whats your favou...

March 1, 2018

1. It's Snow Joke!
The 'Beast from the East' has met Portuguese Emma and we have a lovely blanket of snow this week. This will delay some of the tips below, so in the meantime, remember my tip from January - with larger shrubs just take some time to knock off the heavy...

February 15, 2018

A new feature for the Plan B blog. One plant for each month of the year - one that is in its 'best show' that month and provides colour and interest in the garden. Each month I will simply post the plant and a picture. This will be my favourite, but as we all know, opi...

February 1, 2018

February can be a bleak yet short month but grab the opportune days to be outside.

1. Lawn care - It's way too early to start mowing but there are still jobs to do with the lawn so it looks its best in 18. The lawn is probably water logged so keep off it as much as...

January 15, 2018

Winter can be a bleak and dull time in the garden, especially if you have not planned for 'winter show' from your plants (bulbs, bark, stems, evergreens). One easy way of addressing this is through pots. A sensory garden I have been working on shows how vibrant they ca...

January 3, 2018

Welcome to 18 everyone. You may all be thinking that there is little to do in the garden during the winter months, especially with January generally being one of the coldest! Well, here's 5 things that may entice you to wrap up warm and venture out.

1. If you still hav...

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