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Monty Don on the benefits of beautiful blossom

By On May 19, 2017

The blossom that has been decorating this garden for the past two months is now into its final lingering days of glory with the last of my orchard’s apple trees in flower.… Read More

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Visit the medieval garden at Stockton Bury this summer

By On May 19, 2017

As a child, Tamsin Westhorpe and her sisters spent most of their summer holidays at their grandparents’ farm, Stockton Bury in Herefordshire. Thirty years on, Tamsin is back there. This post comes… Read More

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Nigel Colborn’s essential jobs for your garden this week 

By On May 14, 2017

Clematis which has flowered will soon be over for the year. Slow-growing varieties such as C. macropetala and C. alpina won’t need pruning unless they’ve grown beyond their allotted space. This post… Read More

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How to beat the drought in your garden

By On May 14, 2017

This year’s winter was abnormally dry in many regions. And now, just when growth should run at top speed, it’s drier still. We’re heading for a drought. For gardeners, that’s a disappointment. This… Read More

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Monty Don reveals how to grow the tastiest tomatoes

By On May 13, 2017

Monty says that there are plenty of things that can have an impact on tomato growth and reveals how to get the best out of your crop. This post comes from the… Read More

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Let Nigel Dunnett's Chelsea Flower Show garden inspire you

By On May 13, 2017

Nigel, 53, who is married with two grown-up sons, is also one of the pioneers of ‘pictorial meadows’ –swathes of wild flowers which do equally well in a small town garden or… Read More

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Action plan: Nigel Colborn's jobs for your garden

By On May 8, 2017

May is the right month to plant tender varieties outdoors, but beware. The Met ­Office predicts cold easterly winds over Britain for at least another week. What’s more, frost is possible until… Read More

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Wisteria hysteria

By On May 6, 2017

The sight of the long clusters of lilac, blue, pink or purple flowers clothing walls and pergolas is always a thrill, but growing wisteria requires lots of space and twice-yearly pruning. This… Read More

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The trick to long-lasting bulbs 

By On May 6, 2017

Tulips have always been exotic. They arrived in Europe in the 1500s from Turkey where the court of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent revered them and had gardens devoted to them.… Read More

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True taste of summer: Tomato plants

By On May 1, 2017

Among frost-tender crops, the tomato is king. Fancy alternatives such as melons or aubergines can be tricky, but tomatoes are a favourite because they’re dependable. This post comes from the RSS feed… Read More