I have some wonderful news to share with you, the Heritage Open Days have been extended for 2018! This event will now create eight, very special days during September 2018, where you can experience local history, culture, and architecture. The Heritage Open Days provide a rather wonderful opportunity to both open, and visit interesting, historic, beautiful and important places, which are normally closed to the public; as well as giving you an opportunity to enjoy free entry to some lovely places that usually charge an admission fee.
April is such a magical time of year! It’s quite simply awe inspiring to see the landscape being painted by mother nature in every beautiful shade of green, as more leaves unfurl and the view becomes ever greener each day. I love to be outside, surrounded by the birds singing and bees buzzing. On warm days you may see butterflies flying: look out for the green toned Brimstone butterfly this month.
When you’ve lost someone you love, it’s natural to want to arrange a fitting memorial and to plan a meaningful tribute in their memory. Memorials of any kind are such a personal choice, but I want to help you by sharing some information and ideas of ways that you could leave a lasting legacy, one that will beautifully celebrate the life of someone close to your heart, whilst being kind to the environment.
I am a sentimental old soul, I treasure so many things that most folk would not think twice of throwing away. I also keep things, just in case they become useful one day. Yes, you could describe me as a hoarder!
I love our planet. I love fields, meadows, glades, forests, hills, marshlands, bogs, mountains, streams, rivers, and oceans. I love to see wildflowers growing in the wild.
The Winton Capital Beauty of Mathematics Garden was designed by Nick Bailey, the Head Gardener of the Chelsea Physic Garden, and built by Gardenlink.
Nick Bailey’s design for The Winton Capital Beauty of Mathematics Garden focuses on the mathematical patterns that appear in plants and in nature, underpinning our natural world – such as the Golden Ratio. These mathematical patterns are expressed throughout the garden’s structure, the layout of the planting, and the featured plants.
I love hedgehogs! Hedgehogs are so endearing and entertaining, every time I have seen or encountered a hedgehog has been such a special and uplifting moment. Each hedgehog I have seen shuffling along or snuffling about has touched my heart, lifted my spirits and brightened my day.
Sadly nowadays there are many threats to hedgehogs – they’re in danger as they try to cross our busy roads, but even away from the roads, hedgehogs face many dangers in our own gardens, because of these dangers, hedgehogs are becoming more scarce, and these delightful, charming, and loveable creatures are now endangered.
I love the excitement of the garden at this time of year, with colourful, cheery spring flowers emerging and the promise of so much more to come. This is such an invigorating and inspiring time, with so much to see and do in the garden!
Prune Figs. The latex that figs readily emit when you prune is an irritant, so it’s advisable to wear gloves whilst pruning or tending to your plants, and then wash your hands thoroughly once you’ve finished.
Now is the time to move tender plants under cover. Make sure that you’ve thoroughly checked the plants, and their pots, over for pests before you re-position them in their new home. Protect your plants from slugs and snails by smearing a ring of petroleum jelly around your pots to act as a barrier. Make sure it’s wide enough – a couple of inches should do the trick.
This is such an exciting time of year, with so many beautiful colours in the garden to enjoy, and hopefully a bounteous harvest to look forward to! There are lots of lovely things that you can do now to make the most of your garden this month, and to ensure that your garden will look better than ever next year!
It’s time to move tender plants under cover.
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!
It’s the perfect time to prepare and sow new lawns. It’s important to remove all weeds, particularly perennial weeds, before you start your lawn preparation. It’s the perfect time to evaluate your lawn and sow grass seed in any bare patches or lay turf if needed.
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.
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! There are lots of lovely ideas of things that you can do, to make the most of your garden now, and to ensure that your garden will look better than ever next year!
If your fences are looking rather tatty or wobbly, have you considered planting a hedge?
The abundance of flowers, fruit and scent in the garden makes this time of year feel rather decadent. Take in 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.
The end of summer is often a magical time, bathed in golden light and sunshine. There’s certainly a lots of lovely things you could do in the garden, or at your allotment during the month ahead!
Vine weevils are a real pain, especially if you’ve got lots of container grown plants. The adult vine weevils damage plant leaves, leaving a notch-shaped, irregular edge to the leaves, resulting in a rather ragged looking, tatty plant.