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A guide to pruning roses

Published: 14th March, 2018
Geoff_Hamilton roses

Roses bear their flowers on shoots of the current season and these grow out from older stems. Pruning reduces the amount of old wood and therefore the number of new stems and young flowering shoots, BUT the flowers on a pruned bush will be larger, healthier and more of a beautiful attraction in your garden.…

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Propagate Your Favourite Plants By Taking Cuttings

Published: 27th September, 2017
taking cuttings to propagate plants

September/October is the ideal time to take cuttings from your favourite strains of tender perennials to increase your stock for next spring or to make sure they live on if the parent plants do not survive the winter. There are a large number of plants that can be propagated from cuttings; Examples include Pelargoniums, Fuschias,…

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Spring starts here! Spring flowering bulbs

Published: 13th September, 2017
Spring flowering bulbs

It’s difficult to think about winter being just around the corner, but the summer IS coming to an end and it’s time to start thinking Spring. Spring bulbs are now flooding into the stores and online outlets with hundreds of varieties to choose from and should be planted over the next two months for dazzling…

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How to deadhead plants

Published: 9th August, 2017
Deadheading plants to encourage growth

Keep borders, flower beds, hanging baskets and pots in your garden looking fuller for longer with just a little deadheading care. Deadheading is the removal of any spent blossoms and seed pods from your perennials and annuals and it’s carried out for a couple of reasons. First of all, once the flower is spent it…

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Feeding your plants with liquid fertilisers

Published: 12th July, 2017
liquid feed or liquid fertiliser

Water alone is not enough to make plants strong, healthy and happy. Like all living creatures they breathe, they get thirsty and they are always hungry and need important nutrients to thrive.  But keeping plants fed needn’t be complicated or hard work. Liquid fertilisers, usually applied every one to two weeks during the growing season,…

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How to plant perfect hanging baskets

Published: 17th May, 2017
A beautiful hanging basket

Hanging baskets provide vibrant colour at eye level to brighten up a doorway, wall or patio. When planted to form perfect domes, they can often look like the planting is complex and that they should be left to the hands of professional gardeners. Here we’ll tell you how you can quickly and easily establish beautiful…

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Spring lawn care

Published: 19th April, 2017
Grass seed and lawn care

Spring is a very important season when it comes to lawn care. After the cold temperatures and water logging of winter your green space will need careful attention to bring it back to its full summer glory. As the days start to lengthen in April and May the grass starts to grow and it’s the…

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Rhododendrons and Azaleas

Published: 5th April, 2017
Rhodedendron - Azalea

One of the most beautiful spring flowers as a shrub is the Rhododendron. They make great visual impact with their spectacular clusters of showy blooms and large green leaves that often stay green throughout the winter. Azaleas belong to the same Rhododendron family. There are more than 1000 species which are native to Europe, North America and Asia.…

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Spring has sprung with perfect Primulas

Published: 8th March, 2017

If you visit your local garden centre now you’ll most likely be greeted with banks of wonderful Primulas. Primula is Latin, and refers to the fact that they are among the first flowers to bloom in spring. Also known as polyanthus, these cheerful bedding plants are the perfect way to add a splash of March…

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Pruning fruit trees and raspberry bushes ready for the growing season

Published: 22nd February, 2017
Pruning fruit trees

February is nearly over and the days are getting longer. Spring will soon be with us. One of the jobs that needs to be done before leaves begin to appear and the sap starts running is the pruning of fruit trees. Pruning fruit trees will help in many ways. It will help with fruit yields,…

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