One for the Diary
Tue 29.04.2014 - Tue 29.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA
29th April 10am-3pm Event Category: Open Garden & Plant Fair Description: Gardening for Disabled Trust gives grants to help individuals continue gardening despite disability. Its... read more...
Fri 02.05.2014 - Sat 03.05.2014
Herb Farm Open Days @ Jekka’s Herb Farm, Rose Cottage, Shellards Lane, Alveston, South Glos. BS35 3SY
Dates: 2nd-3rd May, 30th-31st May, 27th-28th June, 13th July (NGS), 25th-26th July, 3rd August (NGS) read more...
Sat 17.05.2014 - Sat 17.05.2014
A series of 1 day workshops @ Mells Walled Garden near Frome, Somerset
17th May, 19th July, 20th September Garden Designer Michelle Wake will help you plan a garden where there is a balance of wildlife habitats with... read more...
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. It is very easy to cross breed narcissus – and daffodil breeders have a lot to answer for. Contrast the simple perfection of Narcissus ‘Green Pearl’ which is in flower in my garden at the moment with two monstrosities that I saw recently at the RHS Spring Show. I think the pink frilly effort is called ‘Vanilla Ice’ but I failed to remember the name of the other.
If so, Alan Titchmarsh would like to know. To mark his 50th year in horticulture he is on the lookout for thirty of the nations best private gardens to feature in a programme being made by ITV. This is not about gardens that are grand, or laid out by famous designers – it’s about people with a passion for gardening who have transformed their own space in their own individual way. If you think your garden is a possible contender – or know someone else whose garden you can recommend – email Alan@spungoldtv.com with information about the garden, including its location and size and don’t forget your contact details.
I’ve recently visited the cobnut farm where they generously allow me to cram my car with their prunings. I am using the short twiggy ones for support in the borders while the taller ones will, in due course, be used for beans, peas and sweet peas.
I’d like to think I am fairly organised when it comes to the garden but last year I left my annual tulip shopping a little late. Not too late though, according to Fergus Garrett you can still plant tulips up until Christmas Day. Those of you that read the blog regularly will know our go to choice for tulips is Peter Nyssen who offer a huge range of bulbs at very reasonable prices. I’m still experimenting with tulips so this year I opted for two complimentary colours. They’re mixed up in this bed with some daffodils beneath a dormant iceberg rose bush.
The red/pink tulips are Dior & Albert Heyn whilst the lighter ones, which aren’t quite through yet are Pink Diamond. Here’s a few more of our favourite tulips from previous years.
Great excitement the other day when I spotted a stunning collection of vintage rhubarb forcers in the window of one of our local antique shops. They weren’t all that expensive (1/3rd London prices) but I was in a sensible mood and persuaded myself that much as I liked them I didn’t NEED them.
However, the next day I was at Gravetye Manor where they were using their collection of antique rhubarb forcers in the walled garden and I felt my resolve slipping a bit.
Which is why I found myself in the shop the next day buying two of them.
I certainly don’t need them and they are not being used to force rhubarb at the moment but they are such lovely objects that I am sure I won’t regret the purchase. And yes, I do realise the lids are newer but they will weather down in time.