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Gardening – Spring

I wouldn’t say that the Winter has been particularly bad, looking back on my gardening diary we had 7ft snow drifts in 2014 in South Derbyshire but I do think it has been a long one. For the first time in 20 years we had snow early in December so after stop – start with […]

Gardening – Autumn

Over the past month the colours in the trees have really started to change, have you got space in your garden for a small growing tree? There are plenty of different varieties that are suitable for a modern small garden – they create a focal point that is evident all year especially if you choose […]

Gardening – Autumn

Wow October already!  It truly has been one of the best years for growing.  With last month’s ‘Indian’ summer along with the warm start to the autumn season this continues to be a kind year to gardeners and more importantly those of us able to be outside enjoying the garden. With the fantastic sunny weather […]

Gardening – Autumn

Last month I was asked to judge Ticknall Flower and Produce show for the third time. The standard was very high again and extremely difficult to judge. I was pleased to see a great effort from the children’s category and an interesting section “Gardening Disasters” which strangely enough made me smile than cry. I said […]

Gardening – Summer

Its always interesting looking back on my diary and what I wrote this time last year in Country Images Magazine. I wrote about how the rain just kept coming and it rotted the Rose blooms on the plants – it just shows that 2 years are never the same and you have to adjust your […]

Gardening – Summer

Last month I visited a place where I used to go as a child almost every weekend, Elvaston Castle near Borrowash. It must have been about 15 years ago that I last visited the walled gardens – I had the opportunity to visit again to see what the gardeners have done (with very little money). […]

Gardening – Summer

What an incredible RHS Chelsea Flower show it was, a much better show for colour and garden design. The colour ‘fashions’ were deep purples, dark reds, sky blues and deep blues. Last year’s design trend seemed to be straight lines, boxes and rectangles, this year’s included far fewer straight lines and really clever uses of […]

Gardening – MAY

I think that 2014 will be remembered as one of the kindest years to the gardener in a long time. From the start of this year it looked like it was going to be a good one for plants – the weather was mild so the early flowering plants really put on a fantastic display […]

Gardening – APRIL

WOW April already? – We are now past March and the dreaded chance of the ‘s’ word; the weather is looking and feeling more like summer than spring so things are really moving on. April is always a busy time for gardeners, your local plant nurseries and garden centres will have plenty of new season […]