Gill Heavens appreciates the sheer joys of planting for scent in the garden and the joy they bring to the senses.
This is a subject I do not claim to be an expert on. My sense of smell is on occasion non-existent, seldom efficient. I have often felt bereft as others have coo-ed and swooned whilst burying their faces into peonies and rhododendron flowers.
However in this perfume desert there have been noticeable oases, times when I could appreciate the joys and occasional horrors of scent in the garden.
Jobs in the July garden
The garden is having its first peak in July and it is a brilliant time for your garden or allotment. Roses will never look better, the vegetable garden is becoming fruitful again, and we pray for warm, dry weather for the strawberry harvest.
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Miniaturisation is not a trend which is limited to the world of electronics. It is increasingly relevant to plants and as in the case of mini hostas shows cult status soon follows.
Liquid plant feeding is now thought to be essential but with many different types of fertilisers available, all with different nutrient values, it’s not easy to know which is the best buy.
Lots of gardeners don’t trust bamboo - they worry about rampant growth, indestructible roots and invasion of gardens – but there are ways of growing bamboo safely.
The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells will again host the popular English Country Garden Festival from Friday 22nd June to Sunday 24th June.
A special launch weekend held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May will celebrate the change of name of one of Dorset’s best-known gardening venues.
RHS Rosemoor launches summer long series of live events
RHS Rosemoor, Devon’s award winning gardening venue has launched ‘Rosemoor Live’ to present a series of events live from the Torrington gardens.
Open throughout the year, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm for a £2.50 charity donation.
Over the past 30 years, the five acre gardens and nursery at Broadleigh Gardens have become well established and are a major attraction to our visiting customers. Specialising in bulbs, there is always colour in the garden, which also includes many foliage and structural plants and sculptures.
Open by appointment from August 26th until 30th September, Willet Farm, Willet, Lydeard St Lawrence - call Ann White on 01984 667486 to book
A gorgeous traditional Victorian style farmhouse garden, featuring a vegetable patch and beautiful colourful flower borders over-look the rolling West Somerset Countryside,
Approx.3/4 of an acre in size, offering both beautiful gardens and spectacular scenery, including a hay meadow.
Please do call to arrange visits
Entry Fee: £3 Parking Onsite Toilet and refreshments available
Open by appointment in aid of St Margaret's Hospice until 31 October, for groups up to 25, Postbox Cottage West Bagborough - call Martin Jones on 01823 430579 to book
This stunning 1.5 acre garden on the Quantocks has been planted for all year round interest and offers superb views over the famous Quantock Hills.
With a walled top garden boasting unusual perennials, roses and climber plus plenty of late season interest including asters and grasses. In addition there is a superb orchard area featuring spring bulbs, wildlife ponds and collection of flowering shrubs.