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Saturday, 27 August 2016

September Jobs in the Garden #gardening

As autumn draws near there are jobs to be done. Make the most of the time you can catch in the garden to plant bulbs move plants and cut back as well as harvest the fruits and vegetables.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

How to Photograph Flowers Practicle Workshop 2017 #gardenphotography

How to Photograph Flowers with Dan Evans ran on Sunday 21st August 2016. This was a well subscribed talk and will be followed up with a practicle photography workshop in summer 2017. Final date will be decided soon. Please book early as there will be limited numbers.

Flowers From The Garden for Cutting #gardening #freshflowers

Bringing Flowers Into The Home
Whilst buying fresh flowers is something most of us do once in a while it is not always part of the budget every week but if you have got a garden it shouldn’t need to cost anything extra. There are always fresh blooms and foliage to be harvested from the garden throughout the whole year and it can be fun to consider this when choosing plants for your garden but this month it is particularly easy. August is abundant with fresh flowers.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Where To Grow Late Summer Scrambling (Group 3) #Clematis

Clematis triternata
The wonderful array of clematis need not be confusing. Finding the right one for you need only be about the group you require and the colour and flower. We simplify clematis into 3 groups  though there are more and there are exceptions but understanding the 3 in layman's terms is enough to help you make your choice.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Flower #Painting Workshop in the #Garden

Another glorious day of tuition and relaxing under the expert guidance of Fran Hinton our suporting artist and teacher.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Gardening History #Gardeningworkshop #gardenhistory

Gardening History With Michael Brown MA
Saturday 9th July

Michael is a garden historian and will talk about all the gardening traditions and methods and how they have come about over the years. 
Gardening methods since Roman times.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Flowers for July Looking Good

Here are a few snap shots of just some of the plants on our looking good bed this weekend.

Cream Teas 2016 Raising Money for MS

Despite the constant down pours and breif periods of sun, we raised a total of £414.
Thank you everyone who came out on Saturday 25th June 2016 for your support.

Judging Buckinham Allotments #Buckingham

June 30th Judging the Buckingham allotments with Robin Stuchbury

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Roses For Difficult Places

Roses are not solely limited to the sunny spots of the garden. That is not to say they do not prefer a reasonable level of sunlight. What important to us in our own gardens is where varieties can survive. 

Harlow Carr

The magnificent David Austin roses on the Nursery are largely varieties of shrub roses bred from old roses and modern roses (hybrid tea and floribunda types) to make English roses. Modern roses became increasingly popular at the end of the 19th century almost to the exclusion of old roses. It wonderful that they have been revived so sucessfully.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Straight From Her 2016 Show Garden, Rosy Hardy Talks about Summer Perennals #ChelseaFlowerShow

Rosy Hardy Chelsea Flower Show
Summer Perennial with Rosy Hardy Tuesday 21st June
£25 Includes a pack lunch. Starts at 10.15 am- 1.30pm
Can't wait to hear about Rosy's show garden featured at Chelsea Flowers Show 2016 and her many year of winning Chelsea medals. She will be showing us all the best summer perennials.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Planting Colour Combinations #SummerBeddingPlants

Every year we look at planting combinations and you can guarantee  there will be a whole range of new plants in the summer bedding.
Here are a few ideas

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sping Flowering #Clematis

Many of the best spring flowering clematis are alpina and macropetala varieties. All are out now. Perfect for scrambling and a burst of early spring colour. They do not get clematis wilt its not in the rootstock.
Clematis alpina Jacqueline du Pre

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Shrubs In Flower Now #Ceanothus, #Wisteria, And #Lilac Are This Weeks Bloomers

Ceanothus Italian Skies
Top 3 bloomers this week would have to be ceanothus, syringa and wisteria.
 Ceanothus come in a range of sizes to suit all from small spreading ground cover to arborensus or tree size. Known as California Lilac for its sky blue blooms. Its a glossy evergreen needing a well drained sunny place.

The #Lilac Is Out #Syringa

Syringa_Marie Legrayre
We may not know it under its Latin name but everyone recognises English Lilac

Monday, 9 May 2016

Norman the Nursery #Cat #WorldwideCancerResearch

Thank you to everyone that entered our guessing Norman's middle name competition and helped us to raise money for worldwide cancer research. An amazing total of £94 was made from all of your guesses.
Norman’s Middle name was in fact; Horatio!
Congratulations to our two winners, Kath and Juliet, who guessed correctly and received £25 in garden centre vouchers each to spend at their leisure.
We had so many fantastic guesses we thought we’d share the our top ten names:

Sunday, 8 May 2016

How to make a Summer #HangingBasket

 Workshop Tue 10th 7pm
Monday 16th 7pm
Wednesday 18th 7pm
Relaxed workshops where you make up your own basket. Refreshments and an easy going atmosphere. Charge only for plants and materials used

How To Make Up Your Summer Basket

Here are some step by step photos of us making up a basket
There are different ways of potting up baskets and we don't always follow the same pattern but here is one Peter made up.
You will need:
1. A 14" wire basket
2. Sphagnum Moss
3. 11-12 trailing plants.In the sides we used 3 nepeta and 3 torenia  In the top we used 2 verbena, bacopa, 2 petunia and a fuchsia, 3 upright plants and here we used a geranium, a heliotrope and a nemesia and 3 upright small petunia
4.A piece of plastic to make a water retaining circle.
5. Slow release feed and water retaining gel.
6. Rich potting compost or Hanging Basket and Container compost

 This is a 14 inch wire basket. We stand it on a pot if it has a round bottom so it doesn't wobble!

How to #Grow Your Own #Vegetables

The nutritional value of the crops we grows far exceeds which we buy from the supermarkets for this reason alone it is well worth producing a few thing yourself.
I can argue what you grow yourself tastes so much better than what you buy from large stores.
You can save some money growing expensive things like fennel bulbs, asparagus, artichokes and even cut and come again leaves.

Here's A Little 'Grow Your Own' Made Easy!

Border Design with Caroline Tait RHS Silver Gilt Medal Winner #gardendesign

Border Design with Caroline Tait
Thursday 12th May 2016

Only a few places left 

What to plant with #Bluebells

Primula candelabra with hosta, ferns and bluebells
Under the trees my bluebells came out this week amongst the cowslips and I can see the hostas coming through and the ferns waking up. New aqulegia (Grannys Bonnet) has self seeded successfully from the original.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Top #Perennial Choices Today

 Out in the sunshine today these flowers could not be passed without being admired
Lavendula s. dentata 'Hazel'

A new frilly French lavender. Deep colour more compact with a long flowering period.

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