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The Mail’s National Garden Competition is open to everyone

By On June 10, 2017

Any garden, of any size or type, can be entered. There are no classes, no hierarchy of what might be considered intrinsically better. This post comes from the RSS feed of Daily… Read More

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It's the best bloomin' year for roses ever!

By On June 8, 2017

Can there be anything more beautiful than a rose? Yes – a bigger rose. I only mention this because something very odd has happened this year: roses seem to have doubled in… Read More

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Join the ivy league: Try trailing ivy-leaf pelargoniums

By On June 5, 2017

Next time you see hanging baskets, check how many contain trailing ivy-leaf pelargoniums. In our neighbourhood, most do, with petunias coming a close second.  This post comes from the RSS feed of… Read More

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Action plan: Nigel Colborn essential jobs for your garden

By On June 5, 2017

Dianthus barbatus, Sweet Williams, are possibly the most loved of all early summer cottage garden flowers. They are coming into bloom now and are this week’s plant of the week. This post… Read More

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Gardeners' World hosts share their stories

By On June 3, 2017

This year marks 50 years since Gardener’s World first launched in 1967 with Percy Thrower as its host. Here we revisit the programme’s history and its many presenters as well as the gardens… Read More

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Monty Don says irises are at their best right now 

By On June 3, 2017

As I write this my garden is in an iris frenzy. There are bearded irises in the Dry and Jewel Gardens, flag irises rising out of the water of the pond and… Read More

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New dwarf series of mulberries launches

By On May 27, 2017

A few years ago, a friend invited me to pick some mulberries from one of her trees. The fruit looked like elongated blackberries and their taste was a revelation – like a… Read More

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The Bank Holiday is the perfect time to lay a new path

By On May 27, 2017

Around this time of year plants rightly get all the attention, but hard landscaping is, in its very different way, just as important a component of any garden This post comes from… Read More

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Enjoy Chelsea Flower Show from your home

By On May 23, 2017

Chelsea Flower Show is next week. Tickets are almost sold out, but you can enjoy the show in comfort at home. You might even see more on television than when buffeted by… Read More

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Nigel Colborn’s essential jobs for your garden this week

By On May 23, 2017

If you want to bulk up your favourite spring primulas, now is a great time. This works well with primroses, cowslips, oxlips and polyanthus. If you want to divide auriculas, wait until… Read More