Garden Inspiration

PUTTING THE ZING INTO SPRING

Let’s not beat around the bush, 2020 will not be going down as one of the best years that we have ever experienced. In fact, we don`t think we will miss it when it has gone. However, one of the highlights of the year has been the pleasure many have gained from spending time in their gardens, on their balconies, down on the allotments, and tending their houseplants. Gardening has undergone a national renaissance, and this has kept us busy at [...]

SPRING AWAKENING: BULBS IN CONTAINERS

If your image of potted bulbs is a bowl of splaying hyacinths plonked in the middle Auntie Joan’s sideboard then it is time you took a fresh look at planting bulbs in containers. Growing bulbs in containers has many advantages. These include: 1) You can enjoy the detail and fragrance up close. This is especially true for small forms with delicate flowers.   2)  It’s an easy, economical way to add colour. If space is limited, you can still cram pots full of [...]

CATCH MY DRIFT

In the era of the Snowflake, prejudice is seen as something evil. But gardening prejudices are often useful. They can help you develop your own style. Some plants, I simply can’t get along with. The idea of growing African marigolds and chrysanthemums just seems wrong to me. However, that said, sometimes it is good to have our prejudices challenged. I used to think of spring bulbs as being a tad boring. This grew from seeing neglected front gardens overrun with [...]