Gardeners’ Blog – an informal account and images of the garden past and present

Hortic Students

We have a vacancy for a Hortic. Dip. or RHS Volunteer who needs to complete their practical hours. We will give you training & work experience in garden maintenance,  plant production etc  in return for a few hours work a week during the holidays. Contact Christine. 

Bee & Butterfly Garden is at its best

Butterflies love Buddlias

Timely Tips for July

SHRUBS & FRUIT Prune Box & Topiary from now until mid August. Prune summer growth of Wisteria to within 5 buds of the main stem. Keep on deadheading flowering shrubs such as repeat flowering roses to keep them producing new buds & flowers. Summer prune overlong shoots on trained fruit trees like espaliers to 4 […]

July Pics

Wildflower Meadow 3rd JulyRodgersia Bed 3rd July

July images

The Slate Garden in July

Plums; To thin or not to thin?

This year has been a really good year for plums, too good in fact, if you  leave plums hanging like grapes they’ll get too heavy and branches will break under the weight.Then they use their energy to form stones etc on lots of small fruits. Best practice is to thin out the fruits & it […]

Feed Hedgehogs

Put out canned cat food or hedgehog food for visiting hedgehogs to help them as the population is  declining.

Rhododendrons & Camellias

Snap off the dead flowers, carefully avoiding damage to brittle new buds which will be forming behind the old flowers.

A good day to edge your lawn

We’ve had a good weather forecast for this week and next. Its a good time to edge your lawn because the clippings will dry on the soil and won’t need to be collected- as long as they’re not too long!


All Tulips should be deadheaded ( seed pods removed) Tulips in pots can be laid on their sides out of sight to dry out. Replace the compost in October for a super display next May. Tulips planted in the ground -dying leaves can be disguised with an early May by sowing NIGELLA seed around the tulip […]

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