Category Archives: gardening advice

Watering – an art or a science?

Not long ago in my granddad’s day, you could predict the seasons and every gardener knew what to do when, planning which gardening tasks to do on each day of the year. Now, just like our modern lives, the weather is less predictable….This time last week, we were all sweltering in 30 degree heat – Read more ...

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Put a spring in your step!

With the days getting longer and the temperatures rising, there’s a real sense of hope that spring just around the corner, so it’s time to get out there and start thinking about your garden  Things to think about: Take a look at your layout and consider whether the general structure of the garden could be Read more ...

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Planting through membrane and mulch – a step-by-step guide

Planting through weed membrane and covering it with gravel or bark chippings is a great way to reduce weeding and create an attractive low maintenance border. However, the planting can be a bit tricky, so here are 5 simple steps to make it easier:   Step 1 – clearing the gravel/bark If you can plant Read more ...

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Trust me, I’m a garden designer!

When it comes to gardening, patience is everything and there’s certainly a large element of trust involved at this time of year especially…. Many people assume that after summer, things are calming down in the gardening world, in fact nothing could be further from the truth!  With the cooler & damper weather, its now the Read more ...

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How does your garden blend with its surroundings?

The most pleasing gardens complement their natural surroundings, connecting effortlessly with the landscape. Our gardens should provide a tranquil space to enjoy, a haven from the outside world where you can sit and watch the world go by at its own natural pace. A well planned garden should reflect your own personality and particular needs Read more ...

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Brightening a small area with pots

Even if you only have a small garden or no space for a border in your garden, you can still create a beautiful effect using pots. You can use bright colours to add a splash of colour to a dull corner or use more subtle cooling green foliage for a cooling effect, and also add Read more ...

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A Wild to Wonderful Garden – A Client’s Perspective

(4th blog in a series of 4) Cathy to revisit in Spring 2014 to review progress and to advise accordingly This is the final stage of the four blog/gardening project to change my pond area. Cathy and I set out to transform what was a dank and dreary pond area into a vibrant, colourful and Read more ...

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A step-by-step guide to planting through membrane to create a gravel garden

Planting through weed membrane with a covering gravel (or bark chippings) is a great way to reduce weeding and create an attractive low maintenance border. However, the planting can be a bit tricky, so here are 5 simple steps to make it easier:   Step 1 – clearing the gravel/bark If you can plant before you Read more ...

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A Wild to Wonderful Garden – A Client’s Perspective

(3rd blog in a series of 4)   The plant/herb shopping trip stage of Lindsay’s Garden Pond Project   We are now three quarters of the way through our joint project on my garden pond area. Out with the dreary, weedy and uninspiring descriptors for my pond, and in with words such as enlightened, uplifting, Read more ...

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A Wild to Wonderful Garden – A Client’s Perspective

(2nd blog in a series of 4) The removal, renovation and replanting stage of Lindsay’s Garden Pond Project   For those of you who saw Wild to Wonderful’s blog last month, you will know that Cathy Cornish is working on what was my rather dreary, weedy and uninspiring garden pond area. The view to my Read more ...

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