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  • Heavenly Hydrangeas

    Heavenly hydrangeas –  one of my favourite shrubs and flowers and definitely a fabulous follow on to the peony. These are one of my favourite blooms and I adore them in bouquets, arrangements and in my garden. They can flower from April through to October and the foliage can be quite wonderful to in the Autumn months. Here are my top tips with planting, growing and pruning these fantastic shrubs. Planting  Hydrangeas…

  • Cutting Garden Progress and reflection

    If you’ve been following my blogs, you will know that earlier on in the year I had four raised beds built for the purpose of growing cut flowers.  Towards the end of May, I started to plant these beds up so thought it would be useful to reflect on progress and what I’ve learnt so far. Dear Santa, please can I have a Greenhouse for Christmas.  Because I don’t currently have a greenhouse, at the start of…

  • How to plant up seeds and seedlings

    The weather is looking up and there appears to be no chance of a frost (all being well) on the horizon, so the time has come to plant up!  Here’s my step by step guide on the all-important how-to. Preparing the soil – It’s so important that the soil is the right consistency. Make sure you dig, rake and remove any large stones. I then take an additional step of removing a thin layer…

  • Good gardening requires extreme patience

    I imagine by now you are tempted to start planting things out into your cut flower bed but I would recommend giving it another week or maybe even two. As we’ve seen, the weather is still changeable and you don’t want all of your hard work to go to waste. In the meantime here are some other jobs you can be getting on with. Feeding I feed my seedlings every two to three weeks in between regular watering, using liquid seaweed.  I also continue to do…

  • Essential tools for a Cutting Garden

    I’m hoping to start planting up the cut flower beds this weekend. In a pre- COVID world I would have started a week ago as the weather is warming up, but perhaps unsurprisingly I’m still waiting to finish off the edging of the cut flower patch. The delivery of the edging has been promised for this weekend so I’m hoping to be able to get the edging in so I can top up my raised beds…