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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 [...]

SWEET PINE OF MINE

THE TREE - they smell GOOD, make our living rooms into a grotto for a few weeks and occasionally stab us with their needles - why do we do this every year? Find the right tree for you and then make it a more sustainable tradition... FROSTED HISTORY The branches of the evergreen Conifer have been flailed about in celebration since the pagans danced with them and strung them up for the Winter solstice, and the Romans fought and lounged around them [...]

CORNUCOPIA OF CORNUS

Commonly known as the Dogwood the Cornus is a group of botanically diverse plants with a lot of year round interest to add to any planting design. Planted on mass they can be used to give winter and spring interest with their vivid stem colour. There are two species which are alba and sibirica. Dogwood are vigorous growing shrubs reaching 4 to 6 foot in high depending on variety. Dogwoods prefer a sunny position in moisture retentive soils. The second year after planting [...]