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Gardening jobs for July

July is a very productive month in the garden. All the hard work put in during the spring now starts to pay off, with so much fruit and vegetables ready for harvest.

By the end of July we can be swamped with delicious veg such as cucumbers, courgette, Swiss chard, lettuce, beetroot and French beans.

Whilst it’s a great month for relaxing a little and enjoying your garden, it’s also important to keep on top of weeding, watering, deadheading and pests.

Continue reading jobs for your garden in July here

 

 old roses Old Blush ChinaHow do you identify that rose?

With over 12,000 registered cultivars one of the hardest tasks is to try and identify a specific rose. There are ways however to make the task easier.

It can be quite a task to identify an unknown rose, especially as rose development has gone on for centuries with huge variations in colours, shapes, sizes and scents.

One estimate suggests there are over 12,000 registered rose cultivars so it can be a real challenge.

Rose identification advice continues here

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How do you identify that rose?

Wed, 26/06/2019 - 10:17

With over 12,000 registered cultivars one of the hardest tasks is to try and identify a specific rose. There are ways however to make the task easier.

Gardening jobs for July

Wed, 26/06/2019 - 10:02

July is a very productive month in the garden. All the hard work put in during the spring now starts to pay off, with so much fruit and vegetables ready for harvest.

Getting the spring garden feed right

Tue, 19/02/2019 - 14:54

Most of us are about to be tempted to use spring fertilisers to help our plants make the most of the new season - but care is needed.

Local Business Shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year Awards 2019

Post date: Tue, 19/02/2019 - 11:23

St Bridget Nurseries in Exeter has been shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year Awards 2019. These awards were introduced in 2012 to celebrate the family business sector and the contribution that family firms bring to the UK economy and the communities in which they operate.

Compton Acres wins two Dorset tourism awards

Post date: Thu, 06/12/2018 - 15:02

The popular privately owned gardens at Compton Acres has won two awards at the 2018 Dorset Tourism Awards, scooping a bronze in the Small Attraction of the Year category, and gold for Café/Tearooms of the Year.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire

Wed, 08/05/2019 - 10:27 Post author: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

The award winning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is famous the world over. In 1977 Sir Harold left the Gardens under the sole trusteeship of Hampshire County Council. It is now run as a charity under the remit of horticulture, conservation, education and recreation. Among its outstanding features are the splendours of the seasonal planting displays set in 180 acres.We have an excellent cafe and restaurant but also lots of picnic tables in the grounds.
There are many events taking place throughout the year and we are open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Westleigh Farm, Westleigh, Lydeard St Lawrence 26 May 2019

Wed, 06/03/2019 - 16:47 Post author: St Margarets Open Gardens

Opening in aid of St Margaret's Hospice A stunning two acre garden, set amongst the Grade 2 listed Georgian Farmhouse and stone barns. Steps lead onto grass terraces and borders bursting with flowering shrubs and perennials, plus a productive vegetable garden. The rill, ponds and a stream attract many wildlife visitors, with the garden stretching far beyond the garden walls to ancient flowering meadows and a recently replanted orchard.

By Appointment in June 2019 The Old Vicarage , Leigh, Dorset

Wed, 06/03/2019 - 16:34 Post author: St Margarets Open Gardens

Opening in aid of St Margaret's Hospice throughout June, you are invited to take a scenic stroll around the beautiful garden at the Old Vicarage.

You will be able soak up the idyllic views, and wander through the exquisite rose garden. After a leisurely walk around the pond, you can relax in our summerhouse with a cup of tea and slice of cake , included in the entry price.

As pet friendly care home of the year, your four legged friends are very welcome to join you on leads !

Parking and WC on site

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