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Watering – an art or a science?

correct watering is an art form

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 – since then we have had storms, torrential rain and floods, making planning the watering of our plants into an art form!

Here are a few tips to help you get the balance right:

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Put a spring in your step!

Spring garden shot

Daffodils - the sign of spring

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 improved – it’s easier to see before all the flowers and shrubs start to grow & fill out
  • Assess what works and what doesn’t.  Do you have the spaces and features to use your garden how you wish to? Is there space for all the family to enjoy the garden?
  • Be ruthless – if there’s something you don’t like in your garden, don’t suffer it!  Taking out that huge unruly shrub could give you room for something you’ve always dreamed of and allow lots of positive ideas to flow!
  • Get inspired by leafing through gardening books, browsing online or watching gardening programmes on TV
  • Consider the maintenance implications of any changes you make – are you able to do this yourselves or if you need help to either get your garden to that stage or keep it looking wonderful?
  • If you’re struggling to see the wood for the trees, ask a professional for advice – with their experience, they can help you choose the best plants for different areas in your garden

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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:

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Henley’s not just the Regatta!

Henley House and Garden Show logo

Come along to the Henley House & Garden Show

 

Despite being in the depths of winter and cold weather, there is already a spring-like buzz around town in Henley!  Plans are in place for the most amazing event, a must for everyone who wants to improve their home, both inside and outside! 

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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….
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A Proud Day to be a Green Business

Today is a very proud day for Wild to Wonderful – we have reached the final of the Oxfordshire Venus Awards in the Green Business category.  In a glittering awards ceremony this evening, we will find out if we have won the title for this year’s award.

Whether we win or not, we are absolutely thrilled to have been nominated and recognised for our efforts to be an ethical and environmentally friendly business.
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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 as well as blending seamlessly into your local environment.

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Brightening a small area with pots

Potted plants with bright colours and foliage
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.

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How to cut back your spring flowering bulbs

It’s a great time to cut back your spring flowering bulbs now, so watch our simple how-to guide to make sure you get a great result again next year!

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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 seasonal area that would be attractive all year round.

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