Gardening convert: the story of a new gardener

When I was a nipper, Mum and Dad were not gardeners. Our garden was so overgrown me and my mates spent hours hunting for pigmies. It was a jungle out there. You could go in after breakfast and not come out on the other side until bed time, and it wasn’t a big garden. When […]

My beautiful flowers

I’m delighted to introduce the first reader’s contribution to be featured on the site. This post was submitted by Connie Clark. Connie has been kind enough to provide us with some beautiful pictures of the dahlias and lilies she is growing in her garden. But, perhaps more importantly, Connie has shared with us just how […]

Readers gardens, plants, stories and tips

I thought it would be a good idea for readers to be able to share stories, tips, information and, perhaps best of all, pictures of their plants and gardens. So here is how you do it: First add your name where indicated Then, use the Post Title box to give your submission a title. e.g. […]

How to Grow Narcissus: Daffodil Plant Notes

Narcissus spp. Common name : Daffodil Family : Amaryllidaceae A bulbous soft wooded perennial with around 50 species and countless cultivars, the Narcissus is the archetypal spring flower in cool climate gardens. With a sheath of mid-green strap shaped or cylindrical leaves, these plants are most notable for their distinctive flowers. These have 6 flattened […]

How to grow dahlias

According to the late Christopher Lloyd, whose Great Dixter garden featured multiple dahlia cultivars, dahlias are best in in late summer, when they are valuable in: “stiffening a garden that might easily dissolve into an amorphous froth of Michaelemas daises, and when the mellow quality of autumn sunlight best suits their warm colours.” This is […]

How weeds thrive

In this post in this series on weed control, I cover not just how weeds survive, but how weeds thrive in the battleground of our gardens. Ultimately, I’ll look in detail at some of the ways we can prevent weeds from causing us problems and at how we can deal with problem weeds when they […]

Why get rid of weeds?

In the other posts in this weed control series, I’ve written about what weeds are and made the point that, fundamentally, weeds are like any other plant in the garden. So, if if that is right and weeds are just plants growing in the wrong place, why should we care? Is there any reason that […]

What are weeds?

In part 2 of this weed control series, I try to answer the simple, but not entirely straightforward, question – what exactly are weeds? You will often hear gardeners say that weeds are plants growing in the wrong place and, although something of a cliche, this is probably the best working definition there is. Weeds […]

Weed control – is this the gardener’s toughest job?

It is said that gardening is all about the gardener’s efforts to control nature and controlling weeds must be one of the hardest tasks that the gardener has to do. Weeds can especially be a challenge when you are new to gardening because it’s not always easy to identify which plants are the weeds and […]

How do plants grow? Becoming a Gardener – Step 1

For most people gardening is about plants. Admittedly, features like paths, walls, fences and decks play part in creating the overall garden picture. But without plants, it is very hard to consider any space to be a garden Indeed, for most of us, it is plants that draw us to gardening in the first place […]