Gardens and gardeners alike should both take advantage of the fact that nature allows a rest at this time of year. There’s less to do in a midwinter garden than at any other time of year but the tasks that do need attending to are important. (more…)
What are your top Christmas plants? Well, maybe the first thing that comes to mind is your Christmas tree, but we’re taking that for granted today. There are a number of other species that are traditionally used to brighten homes in the festive season, here’s a round up of our favourites: (more…)
Spread the Holiday Jolly with Festive Outdoor Decorations
Decking the halls is all very well, but how about decorating your garden this Christmas? Spread a little bit of Christmas cheer to passers-by, and make sure that by the time guests get to your front door, they’ll be in no doubt that your home is a place where the festive spirit is well and truly celebrated. (more…)
Cactuses (or cacti as some people prefer!) look so exotic that people assume that they must be difficult to care for. In truth these are plants that thrive in some of the most challenging environments on earth so they’re tough! The best way to kill a cactus is with kindness. With a little understanding of their needs there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have an impressive display of one or several of these beautiful and impressive exotics in your home. (more…)
If you think November is all about raking leaves and tidying up think again. There’s no reason at all why your autumn and winter garden should be short on colour and a good display at this time of year makes you look like an expert. As Christopher Lloyd (a very wise gardener) said, nobody expects anything of a November garden, so anything that does produce flower is a bonus! (more…)
What would you expect to be the biggest challenge for a botanical gardens?
You might think of pests and diseases; they’re constantly introducing new species of plants from all over the world, there has to be a risk that they might be harbouring some exotic nasty. Or perhaps the issues around climate change spring to mind; with more rain, more storms, hotter and colder temperatures extremes, some species are bound to struggle. (more…)
As the year draws to a close, many of your gardening tasks are about tidying up and putting things to bed. Help your garden rest safely through the winter by: (more…)
Usually we recommend plants because they’re beautiful, easy-to-grow or give long-lasting displays of colour. Halloween’s a special case however so here’s a few suggestions for spooky plants that will add a certain something to your Halloween party: (more…)
From the simplest of jack-o’-lanterns to award-winning carvings, pumpkin decorations are a central feature of Halloween celebrations. They are essential (if not the only) part of your holiday garden decorations. A must-have, if you have kids. But most of all for many of us, it’s a way to showcase a special part of ourselves – creativity, no other time of the year can bring to the spotlight. (more…)
If you have a garden you’re more in touch with the changing seasons than those poor souls who have to live without one. Nature has a time for everything, and winter is a time for rest and recuperation.