I love Poinsettia and for me Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without at least one; this year I’ve got four! My four poinsettia are arranged on a deep windowsill in red pots surrounded by a green swag which is covered in red fairy lights – it looks amazing! These days this deciduous shrub is produced in vast quantities and are usually quite small and bushy; ideal for Christmas displays. The red bracts should last for up to six months, depending on the […]
I have chosen six plants which you should be able to easily find in your local garden centre and that are easy to grow. Most need little attention throughout the year but keep the Dogwoods well pruned to maintain the lovely coloured stems and prune the winter flowering jasmineafter flowering to ensure flowers for the following year.
Many of us think of gardening as an activity that’s almost exclusively suited to spring and summer. Indeed, these are the seasons during which the weather tends to be best suited to outdoor activities, and many plants and flowers do best when planted earlier in the year. However, that doesn’t mean that autumn isn’t also a great time for some gardening. In fact, all you need to do is take a glance at the Marks and Spencer flowers and plants […]
Our Plant of the Month Papaver orientale or Oriental Poppy produces delicate flowers from May to July above bristly, grey-green leaves. The flower colours vary from white, through pink to red. They are a fast-growing plant and easy to grow, the pale papery flowers contrast especially well with purple foliage plants such as Heuchera.
Are you concerned about the Ash Trees near you? Ash dieback is a disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea and can affect trees of any age and the symptoms are: Black blotches at the base of leaves before they begin to wilt Legions or spots on the bark of stems and branches The whole tree with show signs of shoots and branches dying back If you recognise any of these symptoms do not attempt to treat […]