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Juliet Sargeant and the RHS Kitchen Garden

One of the gardens that I was most excited to visit at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, was the RHS Kitchen Garden.

Straw Bale Gardening was a feature of the RHS Kitchen Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.  Cavolo Nero Kale, pretty pink Dianthus and thyme, pictured in the RHS Kitchen Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Book Review – Grow A Little Fruit Tree By Ann Ralph

Grow A Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61212-054-6

Grow a Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph.

‘Grow A Little Fruit Tree’ extols the virtues of growing smaller fruit trees, advocating the use of pruning, rather than relying on rootstocks, to keep fruit trees small. The author recommends growing fruit trees that are a manageable height and size, around the height of the tree’s owner or guardian, so that all parts of the tree are within reach and the tree is accessible for both pruning and harvesting without the need for a stepladder.

Gardening Advice for Mid-September to Mid-October

This is such an exciting time of year, with so many beautiful colours in the garden to enjoy, and Harvest Festival to look forward to.  Here are lots of lovely ideas of things to do, to make the most of your garden now, and to ensure that your garden looks better than ever next year!

If your fences are looking rather tatty or wobbly, have you considered planting a hedge?  

Gardening Advice for Mid-August to Mid-September

The end of summer is often a magical time bathed in golden light and sunshine.  Here’s hoping the month ahead is a lovely time, there’s certainly a lot to do to keep you busy!

Vine weevils are a real pain, especially if you’ve got lots of container grown plants, the adult weevils damage plant leaves, leaving a notch-shaped, irregular edge to the leaves, resulting in a bit of a ragged looking, untidy plant.  

Garden Advice for Mid-July to Mid-August

The abundance of flowers, fruit and scent in the garden makes this time of year feel rather decadent.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of summer, and enjoy the fruits of your labour in the garden, or at your allotment this month.

It’s important to prune figs now, to let in more light and allow for a better harvest of delicious figs next year.  

Garden Advice for Mid-June to Mid-July

This is such an exuberant and joyous month with Roses, Clematis, Peonies and Philadelphus flowers blooming, the garden feels decadent and luxurious.  I hope you can enjoy time in your garden or at your allotment this month, there’s so much to do, see and enjoy!

If you are wishing you could brighten your garden with some containers, but are away a lot, or find watering difficult, don’t despair you have plenty of options: Lavender, Pelargoniums and Verbena cope well without a regimented watering regime, and Sedums and Sempervivums look beautiful and don’t require any additional watering.  

Garden Advice for Mid-January to Mid-February

Although it’s still jolly chilly outside, the daylight hours are lengthening each day, which means there’s more time to be outside enjoying the garden!

There are so many beautiful plants and flowers to be enjoyed at this time of year, many of them scented to attract pollinating insects.  As there aren’t as many insects around in winter the scent is often incredibly powerful as well as sweet; look out for deliciously scented Sarcococca confusa, S.

Gardening Advice for Mid-July to Mid-August

The abundance of flowers, fruit and scent makes this time of year feel rather decadent.  Make time to enjoy the sights and sounds of summer, as well as enjoying the fruits of your labour in the garden this month.

Prune Wisteria.  After flowering cut back the long whippy green shoots – the current year’s growth – to five or six leaf joints.  

Gardening Advice for Mid-June to Mid-July

The garden is fascinating at this time of year.  I love the wonderful sound of the birds singing and I just relish the scents of honeysuckle, roses and other flowers, even the scent of grass is so relaxing.

If you get time to put your feet up it’s the ideal time to pre-order bulbs, corms and tubers from specialist nurseries to plant this autumn.  

Garden Advice for mid-February to mid-March

It’s an exciting time and romantic time in the garden, with lots to do this month and so much to look forward to!  Take time out to relax and enjoy the wonderfully scented flowers of Daphne, Sarcococca and Hamamelis.

Prune Buddleja davidii now.  If you’ve got an old and maybe rather neglected specimen, then rejuvenate it now by removing any old dead wood and cutting it back hard.