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  • 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…

  • Enjoy your garden!

    One of the most important jobs to do in July is to sit back, relax and enjoy your garden. I often forget to do this but I do try and take a step back every now and again to see how far the garden has come. If, like me, this period is a bit short-lived for you, here are some jobs you can be getting on with! Alliums  If you’ve never grown Alliums before I…

  • The Glorious Salvia

    This week’s blog focuses on one of my favourite plants, the Salvia.  I absolutely adore these flowers.  They are a fabulous border filler as well as one of the best flowers to attract bees into your garden as they are so rich in nectar. Wherever you plant them, the bees will be sure to find them.  Here are my top tips on growing and looking after Salvias. Salvia – A close-up All salvias thrive in full sun and are ideally placed in a…

  • 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…