Snowdrops For The Garden

Heralding the start of the new year, and appearing midway through winter, nothing could be more welcome than a snowdrop peaking up through the mulch.   From the breathtaking spreads of naturalised bulbs in public gardens like Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire or Cambridge’s Anglesey Abbey, to those growing wild in the West Country, it is not…

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Some thoughts on Snowdrops

Snowdrops are the joy of the January garden with their regular, cheerful appearance and delicate white nodding heads which do more than almost any other plant to raise the spirits at this otherwise bare time of year.   However, did you know that they are not just prized for their aesthetic qualities?  These little bulbs are…

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What exactly is a galantophile?

Clue: Galantophiles come into their own at this time of year.  Coming from all quarters of the globe, they may be identified by their specialist walking sticks with tiny mirrors fixed to their tip.  Willing to spend upwards of £300 for a bulb, one galantophile’s deep pockets resulted in them paying a record-breaking £725 for…

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Potatoes on the Patio

Potatoes on the Patio I was pushing the trolley round my local Waitrose this week and a handy mixed bag of Alan Titchmarsh endorsed Potatoes caught my eye.  What “AlanTitchmarsh and Waitrose Grow Your Own” have cleverly done is to offer a mixed bag with three dependable varieties to give you everything you might want…

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Heavenly Hellebores

As I look out of my office window, the sun hits the patio with its cast aluminium garden furniture glistening in the sun.  Just beyond the paving area is a huge flower bed resplendent with all sorts of varieties of hellebores which set the metal patio furniture off a treat at this time of year. …

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August Outdoor Tasks

August Outdoor Tasks August means metal garden furniture Sale time! And that keeps us super busy, flogging aluminium patio tables and sun loungers to those in need of a bargain.  However, the days are long and there’s plenty of time to enjoy life outdoors, so check out our August To Do list here… Make the…

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Jobs For July

Jobs for July  It’s not all yummy barbecues and romantic candle lit dinners round the patio table this month.  There’s still a fair bit of work in the garden and if you are quick, you can get through the task list before the kids break up for the summer.   Most of the jobs are housekeeping…

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Garden Tasks for June

Garden Tasks for June  June is definitely the metal garden furniture connoisseur’s favourite month:  the nights are long and warm, the days are sunny and bright, the garden is verdant and there’s a very good chance that you actually get to eat outdoors round your aluminium patio table or bask for a few minutes on…

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