Tag - garden

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 [...]

START YOUR SEASON WITH HELLEBORES

Commonly known as the Lenten rose or Christmas rose these stunning plants are the first signs that spring is on the way. They produce masses of flower in a range of colours from whites, pinks, purples, to deep dark reds. They flower from early February to the end of April. They can be used in a mixed semi-shaded or woodland border but are also happy in a pot on the terrace. Hellebores are a good nectar source for our friendly pollinators as [...]

KEEP YOUR ROBINS ROCKIN’

STEP INTO THEIR CLAWS If you’re a bird in winter these are your problems - there’s hardly any food about; your water supply becomes a block of ice; there are less places to hide as half the leaves have dropped and your predators are even hungrier; oh, and it’s minus degrees and all you’ve got to keep warm in is your own body fat - which means you’ve got to find food, expose yourself to predators, keep near to your flock, [...]