Tag - gardening

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 [...]

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 [...]

WINTER IN A JAR

Talking terrariums with Madeleine and Will from Jar and Fern… Ok, a jar and a few plants - what exactly is a ‘terrarium’? So terrariums were actually invented in 1827 by a London Doctor called Nathaniel Ward, although people had been keeping plants in jars as early as 500 BC. Dr Ward invented them pretty much by accident after monitoring the life cycle of caterpillars and moths in a closed jar which had a bit of soil in the base. Little [...]