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Jobs in the April garden

Perhaps more than any other month it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on the weather during April.

Frosts are still common, and many plants and flowers may need protection in the form of fleece or cloches. Hopefully, the ground will not be too wet and so now is a good time to finish off digging over your plot in preparation for all the vegetables you are going to grow.  

As the weather gets warmer, the weeds will grow in earnest.  So a mantra for the month is regular weeding, before they take over...

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Hanging BasketMore than just hanging around!

They are not every gardener’s favourite, but the rich choice of plants when planting can make hanging baskets look spectacularly colourful and stylish rather than just ordinary.

It sounds obvious but when it comes to making a spectacular hanging basket first choose your plants.

It could well be that one of the reasons hanging baskets divide opinion amongst gardeners is that so many of the finished versions are just not very good on the eye.

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Get your pond fit for spring!

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 11:20

Now is the ideal time to deal with how your garden pond has over wintered.  Here are three simple jobs Devon experts Bow Garden & Aquatic Centre recommend that will help your pond come out of winter mode.

Indoor glory!

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 10:04

Many gardeners decline the joys of indoor flowering plants which almost seem a pleasure of a bygone era.

All for a ‘bleeding heart’! by Gill Heavens

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 09:50

Most gardeners know them as ‘Bleeding Hearts’ but dicentra are wonderful oddly shaped, locket style flowers with finely divided leaves which are just spectacular.

More awards as Stewarts expand

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 11:24

Stewarts Garden Centres from Dorset have added another accolade to their impressive list of awards. The Dorset group with garden centres in Christchurch and Wimborne  have been rated the third best ‘Destination centre’ in UK and a centre of excellence.

10-a-day? No problem say Riverford

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 11:18

New research suggests we should be eating ten portions of fruit and vegetables a day to help live a longer life. To many that may sound like a lot, but Devon organic farmers and local veg box delivery scheme Riverford believe not. 

Hare we go again!

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 10:30

 Giant hares are set to be leaping across the Cotswolds, as part of the new Trail Festival.

Eighty five-foot sculptures will be in place across 20 towns and villages, nestling in hotel lobbies, tucked into shop doorways or taking centre stage on high streets.

Hilles House Open 24 Jul 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:46 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Hilles House has a lovely, small arts-and-crafts garden, with spectacular views over the Vale of Severn that look towards the Black Mountains, Malverns and Shropshire Hills.

24 Jul 2016

Opening times

Entrance fees
Adults: £5.00.
Children under 12 free

Sezincote Open Garden 26 Jun 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:40 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amid the Cotswold Hills. The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. A curving orangery frames the Persian garden of paradise, with its fountain and canals. The house is within a romantic water garden, which is a fine example of the picturesque style – with pools, waterfalls, a grotto, and a temple to the Hindu Sun God. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.

26 Jun 2016

Opening times:.

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Event date
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 07:00 to 10:00
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