Sometime sensitive, sometimes short-lived Gill Heavens says that daphnes with their wonderful scent, foliage and fabulous flowers are worth persevering with.
From Europe to Asia and into northern Africa are found between 50-95 species of daphne, members of the family Thymelaceaceae. Many have fine foliage and fabulous flowers, but this is not the reason many choose to grow them in their gardens.
For most, the primary purpose for desiring a daphne is to appreciate their incredible, head-swaying scent.
Caring for roses in winter
Their show might be over, but if you give your roses some care in November they will get safely through the winter, coming back healthy, vigorous and full of flowers next year. Autumn is also a good time to plant a rose.
Even though it is a tough thing to do, in many areas we need to let our rose bushes take their winter nap.To make sure they go through the winter well and come back strong the following spring, there are a few things to do and keep in mind.
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It’s the time of year when understandably house plants come into their own. Not only do they increase the feel-good factory by having some greenery around, they also purify the air we breathe and keep green fingered skills alive.
It’s become a trend to grow potatoes in bags or sacks. The benefits are less disease, better use of space in the garden for more ‘valuable vegetables’ and often larger crops.
Guess which was one of the top three trends in vegetable growing over the last two years?
When to call it a day on your lawn
Being a mother is a tough job, especially when you live in one of the poorest parts of Africa. Shockingly, one in three children in sub-Saharan African are stunted due to malnutrition which can seriously affect their long term development.
Enchanted Christmas is one of the highlights at Westonbirt Arboretum, an illuminated celebration of trees in winter.
Highgrove, the private estate of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Tetbury, Gloucestershire is open until Sunday, 17th December for Christmas shopping.
A cottage garden with colour themed borders, pleached limes and hidden gems, leading over a chalk stream to a shady area which has some unusual plants. Plenty of areas just to sit and enjoy the wildlife. Wire bird sculptures by local artist.
Open for the NGS: Thursday 7th September, 2pm-5pm. Admission £4, children free. Cream teas. Visitors also welcome by arrangement.
Nick Macer and James Hitchmough (who pioneered flower meadows at the 2012 Olympic Park) have been extensively involved in this developing garden, started in 2010 following completion of the house, with formal gardens, a perennial meadow, pinetum and an arboretum.
Open for the NGS: Sunday 27th August, 2pm-5pm. Admission £10, children free, with home- made teas included in admission. Pre-booking essential, please visit www.ngs.org.uk/events or phone 01483 211535 for information & booking. Partial wheelchair access.
Described as one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s finest English landscapes Croome is the perfect place to escape the crowds. Acres of parkland peppered with statues, temples and follies await your discovery with the lake a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the tranquility or perhaps enjoy a stroll along the river.
The court, the centrepiece of Croome’s great estate and seat of the Coventry family for more than 600 years, tells its story in new and inventive ways with exhibitions and installations.