Top 7 foolproof allotment plants

It’s National Allotment Week! From 13th to 19th August, the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners will encourage allotments to open their gates, allowing more people to get involved in the wonderful world of growing-your-own. To celebrate, Kirsty of My Little Allotment is sharing her top seven foolproof allotment plants with us. Kirsty started…

Why Tulip time comes early this year

Tulips are an ever popular spring bulb, and one that really announces the arrival of spring, like the world’s biggest and most colourful carnival, parading around your own back garden! Actually available in EVERY colour of the rainbow, and in a myriad of shapes, sizes and patterns, you just can’t be without them. But, why…

It’s not too late to take part in the Big Butterfly Count 2018

You might have heard about the council worker who destroyed a butterfly meadow that was being used as part of the Big Butterfly Count this year – well, we don’t know if we’ll ever make that big of a blunder at work, but at least we can be sure to enjoy watching some beautiful winged…

5 of the biggest plant-care mistakes

Let’s face it, plants, gardening, green stuff… it can all seem a bit intimidating to some! It often seems like you need some secret knowledge to get it right, a skilled hand, green fingers… But, that’s not so! By following a few basic plant care points you can avoid some of the usual mistakes! I’ve…

Is my lawn dead?

If you’re looking out at your garden, cup of tea in hand and asking yourself ‘is my lawn dead?’, you’re not alone. With the current lack of rain combined with soaring temperatures, Britain is set for one of the driest summers ever, which unfortunately means that most of us are seeing something that looks a…

Adopt a plant at Morden Hall Park

Do you ever wonder what happens to all the plants after a flower show? Well, this summer, the beautiful plants at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show are being giving a lasting legacy at Morden Hall Park thanks to landscape architecture and art practice, Wayward, the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society. 연중행사…

Grow your own herbal teas in the kitchen

If you’re a coffee fiend like me, you may find that you get carried away with the brown stuff, and find yourself sitting bolt upright in a caffeine-crazed trance by noon. Avoid that, and an over-enthusiastic and less than healthy heart-rate, by opting for herbal tea instead! However, I’m not suggesting you fool around with tea…

How to look after your garden during a heatwave

Whether you’re making a last ditch effort to revive your slightly sorry looking garden, or you’re prepping for the heatwave ahead, here are a few tips on gardening in hot weather. We may get seriously hot weather (and by hot weather, I mean anything about 25 degrees for us Brits) for around a month every…

A total garden for your balcony

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the problem of wanting a luscious, green garden and having your dreams dampened by your lack of space. It’s an all too common issue, especially if you live in urban areas – which many of you do! City gardening is oh so popular at the minute, and…

How to get the best out of Hydrangeas

Most people know Hydrangeas. Perhaps you remember a Hydrangea plant growing in your grandparents’ garden, or you probably even admire one every day on your way to work. The common Hydrangeas, which we’re used to seeing in the UK, are Hydrangea macrophylla. They have those classical mop-head blooms that look like swimming caps, a rounded…

From rural to urban I go

Transitioning from a rural garden to an urban garden may seem like a mammoth task, but with the right planning it can be executed without stress (or too much of it, anyway!) Guest blogger Ellen Mary has been a lover of plants from a young age, growing up in Norfolk surrounded by plants in her…

Alex Mungall, Melbourne, Australia: The heat is on!

Alex Mungall’s garden is situated in sizzling Melbourne, where the hottest temperature in recent years was 46.4 degrees Celsius in 2009! Alex moved to Australia from Britain and, despite the heat, manages to grow some excellent plants, including some delicious edibles. His garden sits on a slope and consists of clay covered with a layer…