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Have you got a lawn to shout about?

The hunt to find Britain’s Best Lawn is back! Gardeners across the country could be rewarded for their hard work and dedication to their lawn by winning £1,200 worth of battery powered gardening equipment from EGO Power+, the specialists and leaders of cordless technology. For 12 years, Britain’s Best Lawn has celebrated dedicated and passionate gardeners who want to show off their lawns. Loyal followers, and previous winners have boasted precise cuts of incredibly healthy, weed-free grass showing how they […]


Four Must-see European Gardens

With its long history of horticulture, Europe features some of the world’s most spectacular formal gardens. No matter which corner of the continent you’re in, there’s a wealth of gardens to choose from — to help you pick the next one you’re going to visit, here’s our pick of four must-see European gardens. Kew Gardens, London, UK Image — Licence London’s Royal Botanical Gardens, also known as Kew Gardens, features more than 30,000 different species of plants across its 300 […]


Plants in our Garden

Since 2011 I have kept a long running post detailing the plants in my garden in St. Helens. My new garden in Cheshire was very overgrown when I moved in so most of it was removed or pruned hard during autumn 2015. The progress of the “re-build” of the garden can be found in my post Dove Cottage Garden but here I will give details of the planting along with links to the actual plants on external websites. Front Garden The […]


National Gardens Scheme The Yellow Book 5

Monies raised from garden openings has enabled the National Gardens Scheme to donate over £2 million to its beneficiaries each year. More than £20 million has been donated to charity since the National Gardens Scheme began in 1927. The Yellow Book lists county by county the gardens that open for the National Gardens Scheme. Each county has a diary section listing all the days when fine, mostly private, gardens open their gates to the public to raise money for charity. […]


Spring Flowering Bulbs

One of the first jobs I did in the new garden was to plant lots of low growing spring flowering bulbs in the raised bed. We have mixed Crocus, Anemone blanda (blue shades), Galanthus Single Snowdrops and Narcissus Jetfire, which turned out to be too big really. My hope is that they will flower at slightly different times so there should be colour from early March though to May. Once I know where all the bulbs are I will plant alpine […]