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  • Top 5 Autumnal gardening Answers

    With the arrival of Autumn, it definitely feels like everything in the garden is going into hibernation. I tend to garden all year round and September through to November consists mostly of giving the garden a good tidy so it looks as good as possible for the Winter months. This week on Instagram I posted a picture of my garden enjoying some Autumnal sunshine and talked about just this. I got asked…

  • The perfect cutting flowers

    A little snapshot of my cut flower garden in September My first year growing cut flowers has definitely been a steep learning curve but overall I’m really pleased with the result.  For those of you who have been following me, you’ll know that I’ve already started my outdoor Autumn planning, and this also applies to my cut flower garden.  I’ve already got an extensive shopping list which includes revamping a shaded border as well as my large list for cut flowers. I’m also going to try some new bulbs, but to save the bank balance I’ve…

  • Weatherproofing your garden

    If you’re anything like me, then you’re most probably very good at starting a ‘weather-related’ conversation.  I often wonder why it’s one of our go-to conversation topics, and personally I think it is to do with the fact that our weather is constantly changing. August, for example, has seen soaring temperatures, high winds and heavy downpours with the arrival of storm Francis. Reflecting on the impact of inclement weather, it’s…

  • Starting to prepare for Autumn

    This last week has been very much about tidying up following the recent rain we’ve had. One of the first thing I do after a period of rain is weed. It’s so much easier and quicker to remove weeds from the wet soil – it almost makes it a pleasant job! I’ve also started to do a light prune on my ivy and topiary hedging so they look tidy for the winter. I gave them both a hard…

  • 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…