Author: Christine

Alliums in bloom

This week our cutting garden is finally coming into full bloom, with the first showing coming from our alliums. Alliums (the family of plants which includes onions and garlic) come in a wide range of colours and sizes and are great for cutting and using both for cooking* and creating striking floral displays as they bloom voraciously and, like many herbs, will happy grow back after cutting. Here’s a selection of our prettiest blooms so far (L-R Allium Purple Sensation, Pure Chives, Garlic Chives, Allium Unifolium) *Please do take care before using flowers and herbs in your cooking as some...

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Blooming Beautiful Blossom

Until just this week, I’m sure we’ve all been fed up by the weather and unable to get onto the garden to start spring tasks! Luckily the sun has finally made an appearance so it’s an ideal time to is to venture outside and appreciate all of the beautiful blossom on our trees. Many trees and shrubs have blossom on at this time of year, but  “blossom trees” tend to be associated with those from the fruiting Prunus genus – cherries, plums and peaches, although they also include Malus – apples and crabapples, and Pyrus – pears. All trees...

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Kelsall Gardening Club talk on cut flowers

I had a great time last night giving a talk to Kelsall Gardening Club on flowers and foliage from the garden. I took loads of foliage and some flowers from the garden and went through what is good to use at this time of year. The group were really nice and welcoming with a mix of experienced and more novice gardeners, so a good night was had by all. One of the attendees told me today that she has already been out in the garden this morning cutting foliage for arrangements so I’m pleased that some of it sunk...

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Special Delivery!

  I was excited to receive this year’s David Austin Roses catalogue through the post. More than just a sales list, the catalogue also features lots of useful information and advice. If you don’t have yours already, request one here: https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/cataloguerequest...

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Winter Gardens

Why not take some time to have to look at the garden and see how you would like to alter things for 2017? At this time of year some gardens are open to show how you can create a ‘Winter Garden’ e.g. Dunham Massey, Admittedly, many of these gardens are very large and contain large drifts of plants, but there’s often room for one or two evergreens or even flowering shrubs and trees which can be included in the borders in normal gardens. Some examples of my favourite winter shrubs that we grow here are: Viburnum Tinus. There are...

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