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  • Digging up Dahlias and Planting Peonies

    The garden is definitely going into hibernation mode,  as whilst I’m pruning, I’m not getting the bounce back of new growth like you do in the Summer months. This week, I’m focusing on starting to clear my cut flower garden and plant in preparation for Spring.  Out with the old and in with the new It’s getting close to having to lift my dahlias. You can buy fresh tubers every spring or use your own…

  • Darhling Dahlias

    The darling dahlia (as I like to call them) is one of my favourite flowers.  They can bloom well into October, when I dig the tubers up to protect them from the first frost. Not only are they rather beautiful but they come in all shapes, sizes and colours so I challenge you to find one that you don’t like. Even better, they are very low maintenance (my type of flower) and will thrive in most sunny spots…

  • A close up on Lavender

    One of my jobs this week has been pruning back the lavender. I absolutely adore this plant, not only because it is easy to grow and low maintenance, but also because it is so attractive to our very important bees. Oh, and it’s scent is a wonderful, calming presence in the garden.  Also, if you have a dog like our border terrier Millie, then it’s great entertainment, as she’s been known to sit watching the bees working, quite mesmerised, for hours at a time. Where and when to plant…

  • A cut flower garden close up

    I must admit that I did have some ‘moments’ earlier on this year as I wondered if I was ever going to get any blooms from my cut flower garden, but they are definitely coming thick and fast at last! While I still have so much to learn, I’m pleased with my first attempt and, whilst I’m already planning for next year, I thought I would share with you what August’s ‘crop’ looks like. Here’s some reflections on each bloom to date: Dahlias – I…

  • My Autumn shopping list

    Last week I spoke about starting to plan for next year and one of areas I really want to focus on is the right-hand side of my garden. This part is in partial shade and if I’m being honest, it is a little neglected.  My ambition is to rectify this, and my action plan with a list of shade-loving plants I’ll be purchasing for Autumn planting is below. I hope you find…