• Gardening

    September Gardening – Top Tasks for the Garden – edited for 2019!

    The summer is coming to an end. Everyone has the back to school feeling. The garden, however, can still look stunning. These are a few tasks that I think are really important for September gardening. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. Dead-heading Flowers If you want your plants to carry on producing beautiful blooms (and why wouldn’t you?) then you need to keep dead-heading. Make sure that you look around the garden every couple of days and take off all the faded blooms. You need to cut them of…

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    Successful Seed Sowing

    Do you love flowers in your garden? Is there anything better than enjoying the sight and scent of beautiful blooms in your garden that you have grown from seed yourself. It is so satisfying! Well, you can enjoy hundreds of flowers for very little cash as seeds are a very inexpensive way of filling your garden. Of course, this also extends into vegetables and ‘growing your own’. Vegetables you have grown yourself always taste gorgeous and you know that there are no pesticides on them. Best of all sowing seeds is really easy to do. Success is available to all gardeners no matter how new you are to gardening.I am…

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    Paper Flower Tutorials – tried and tested

    Paper flowers can be absolutely gorgeous and last so much longer than fresh flowers. You can use paper flowers to enhance a room. give as a gift or decorate a party. However, they can be really expensive or difficult to make. I have found some easy to follow tutorials that give great results. These paper flowers cost pence to make and do not take too long so take a look and have a go! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. Cosmos I saw these delicate flowers and could not…

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    Fabric Flower Tutorials – tried and tested

    Fabric flowers make beautiful embellishments for many items. They can be quick to make and use up fabric that you have left over from other crafts. Also, of course, you can make them to match other items you have already made. I have been searching the internet for simple but effective fabric flowers to make. Here I am introducing you to these top 5 tutorials and how I got on following them to produce my own flowers. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. Ric Rac Flowers When I was…

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    June Top 10 Tasks for the Garden

    Summer is well and truly here. It is time to get outside and enjoy the garden. Sit out with friends, hold a barbecue and most importantly admire all your gorgeous plants. You still need to find time for a few jobs to keep it all looking beautiful. Here are my top 10 jobs for June.   1) Prune summer flowering shrubs Any shrubs that have already flowered in the spring can now be pruned to keep them in shape and encourage bushy growth. Examples of spring flowering shrubs are philadelphus and lilac. It is also worth noting that if your clematis have already flowered then they can also be pruned.…

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    Tasks for April in the garden

    Top 8 jobs to do in April in your garden to maximise your enjoyment throughout the summer. April is a busy and exciting time in the garden. So, weather permitting, get out there and enjoy it. 1) Weeding Yes, weeding is number one as it is the most important. The weeds are just getting going really well. As the weather warms up and all our favourite plants start to grow so do the weeds. At the moment they are small and come up easily as the ground is wet. Also, they have not had time to flower and seed (and multiply). It is not a very exciting task but you…

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    Spring in the garden – yes, officially

    Yes, it is officially spring so it must be in the garden too. In case you are not convinced Gardener’s World is back on the BBC on a Friday evening. These are a few photos from my garden this week. There are a few more flowers than there were in February so spring must really be here.                   I have included the hyacinth as I really think it represents the beauty to come. It is not much to look at now but you know that it promises great colour and fragrance later in spring. This week I happened to be in Aldi when…

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    Gardening in February – updated for 2019

    February is well underway and I want to keep you up to date with what I am doing this month. Not a lot is the short answer! It has been far too cold and rather wet for being out there. I have managed one day out there just cutting off old growth from last year and generally tidying up. However, I have been enjoying the glorious spring bulbs and flowers, mainly from the window.                  These pictures show some miniature daffodils with snowdrops, a striking red hellebore and a pink camellia. These are from 2018.                …

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